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Three up, three down: Bryce Hubbart leads No. 17 FSU baseball to win over Clemson

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Logan Lacey drives in three with two doubles.

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No. 17 Florida State baseball (27-18, 18-13 ACC) took game one from Clemson (23-22, 15-16 ACC) by a score of 8-3 on Friday night. The Seminoles are now 9-3 on Fridays this season and have won their last five series openers. At the plate, the Seminoles produced eight hits and worked 10 free passes. On the mound, the Seminoles got five-plus innings from their starter on a weekend for the seventh straight game. In the field, the ‘Noles didn’t commit an error for the second straight game. Jack Anderson retired all six batters he faced to close the game out with his team-high fourth save of the season.

Three up

  • Florida State took advantage of some Clemson miscues in the third inning with a couple clutch hits to put a crooked number on the score board. Nander De Sedas was hit in the back on the fourth pitch of the inning. Jackson Greene laid down a sac bunt, but beat out the toss to first as the first baseman lost the bag. Logan Lacey took advantage of the free baserunners with a line shot down the left field line to plate De Sedas. Greene also scored as the left fielder kicked the ball to give the ‘Noles a 2-1 lead.

In the eighth inning, the Seminoles needed some insurance to make the ninth inning a bit more comfortable. FSU got it from the bottom of the order and Lacey, their glue guy in the order. Nico Baldor dropped a one-out single into left field for his second hit. Baldor has multi-hit games in two of his last three starts. Nander De Sedas followed the single with a double down the left field line. After a walk to Tyler Martin, Baldor crossed the plate on a passed ball to push the lead to 5-3. Lacey made the Tigers pay again with his second double of the day, ripping a fastball into the right center field gap to plate two. Lacey finished his day 2-4 with three RBI. The redshirt junior is second on the team with 11 doubles.

Matheu Nelson made the final mark for the Seminoles’ offense. Nelson followed Lacey’s double with a double of his own to push the lead to five. The two-out RBI knock pushed Nelson’s double total to a team-high 13.

  • Parker Messick has been dominant and consistent all season long as FSU’s Friday night starter. Messick missed his start tonight with a back injury, but FSU still got a dominant and consistent start on the mound. Bryce Hubbart moved into the game one starter role for the first Friday start of his career and responded with one of his best career outings. Hubbart ran into quick trouble in the first after a leadoff hit-by-pitch and a one-out walk. Caden Grice opened the scoring with a ground ball through the left side, but Hubbart limited the damage to one. From that point on, the Tigers struggled to produce quality at-bats against the southpaw. The redshirt sophomore responded with a 1-2-3 second frame. In both the third and fourth innings, Hubbart stranded two runners on base. The Windermere native worked back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth. Hubbart retired the last eight batters he faced. Hubbart posted a final line of 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 R, and 104 pitches (67 S). Tonight made it five straight starts for Hubbart with at least five innings pitched and two earned runs or less allowed. His season ERA is down to 3.26. In the last five starts, Hubbart has compiled a 1.61 ERA over 28 innings.
  • Robby Martin broke out of a major slump with a line drive up the middle to double the lead in the third inning. The single was Martin’s second hit of the month, as he came into the game on a 1-29 streak. The redshirt sophomore also drew walks in the second and eighth innings. If the Seminoles get Martin clicking again at the plate, the offense will look completely different. It wasn’t a huge night for Martin at the plate, but to see him use the middle of the field is a big deal for the Seminoles. Martin also followed up the two-out RBI with a web gem for out #1 in the fourth. When Martin came to Florida State, he was a liability in the field and often used as the designated hitter. Over the last two years, he’s turned himself into a professional level defensive outfielder.

Three down

  • FSU had opportunities in the sixth and seventh innings to put the game away, but couldn’t execute. In the sixth inning, the ‘Noles looked to be running away with the game after Nico Baldor poked an RBI-single up the middle to extend the lead to three. The ‘Noles still had runners on the corners and no outs. Nander De Sedas swung and missed on a hit and run as Baldor was thrown out at second for out #1. De Sedas also struck out for out #2. After a Jackson Greene walk, Tyler Martin grounded out to second to strand two. In the next inning, Lacey and Matheu Nelson drew back-to-back walks to put two runners on with no outs. Robby Martin struck out for out #1 before Nelson was picked off by the catcher on a throw down for out #2. Elijah Cabell struck out to end the inning and leave Lacey on third base.
  • Chase Haney was the first arm out of FSU’s pen tonight, taking the mound to start the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead. Haney’s appearance, his 30th of the season, made him the all-time leader in appearances at Florida State with 137. The right-handed pitcher allowed a leadoff single to Bryce Hawkins. After a strikeout, Sam Hall sent a ball 34 of the way up the scoreboard to cut the lead to one on a 1-1 slider. The homer was the fifth Haney allowed this season in 25 IP. Haney was taken out after the homer. Clayton Kwiatkowski kept the lead in FSU’s hands, stranding a two-out double with a strikeout of Caden Grice. Haney’s ERA in ACC play is up to 8.1 in 13.1 IP. His WHIP in conference play is up to 1.80.
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