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Three up, three down: FSU baseball rallies late for rubber match win over Clemson

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‘Noles have won five straight series.

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No. 17 Florida State Seminoles baseball (28-19, 19-14 ACC) rallied late for a rubber match win over the Clemson Tigers (24-23, 16-17 ACC) by a score of 9-6. The Seminoles trailed heading to the 8th inning, but plated four runs on timely hitting and productive outs to take the win. At the plate, Florida State produced 12 hits, walked nine times, and struck out just six times. On the mound, the ‘Noles walked just two batters and struck out 12. Jack Anderson closed out the game with two scoreless innings for his second win. Florida State has won five straight series and have won eight of 11 ACC series. The Seminoles are third in the conference standings after this weekend’s series win.

Three up

  • The bottom third of Florida State’s order was a buzzsaw today. Mike Martin Jr. inserted Dylan Simmons into the lineup as the DH hitting seventh today. Simmons responded with a double in his first at-bat. The redshirt sophomore smoked the second pitch he saw down the left field line to lead off the 2nd inning. It was Simmons’ second double of the season. Nander De Sedas ripped a single up the middle two pitches later. Jackson Greene plated both runners to cut the deficit in half as he flied a double to deep left-center on a 2-0 fastball. The double was Greene’s third of the season, all coming this week.

In the next inning, the bottom third started a two-out rally. After a walk to Simmons, De Sedas lined his second hit into center. Greene reached on an E6 on a hard grounder to load the bases, before two runs scored on back-to-back walks to give the ‘Noles a 5-4 lead. In the fifth inning, Greene ripped a single through the left side of the infield for his third multi-hit game in the last five games.

  • Tyler Martin had a strong day at the plate for the ‘Noles. Martin led off the bottom half of the first with a bullet single to the opposite field on the first pitch he saw. In his next at-bat, Martin chopped a grounder to the hole on the right side of the infield. The ball bounced off the first baseman’s glove on a diving attempt and into the outfield for an RBI single, cutting the Clemson lead to 4-3. In his next plate appearance, Martin drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at four. The Tallahassee native led off the eighth inning with a bloop double into left field for his third hit. Martin scored the tying run on a safety squeeze from Robby Martin, who beat out the toss to first for a single.
  • The Seminoles rallied behind Martin’s leadoff double in the eighth inning to tear the lead away from the Tigers. After Martin’s safety squeeze and a wild pitch, Elijah Cabell was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Mike Martin Jr. pinch hit Davis Hare for Nico Baldor. Hare immediately ripped the first pitch he saw into left field for a two-run single to give FSU an 8-6 lead.

After the single, the production continued from the bottom of the order. Simmons drew his third walk to load the bases for De Sedas. De Sedas skied a fly ball to center to plate Cabell with a productive out and extend the lead to three. Greene walked to reload the bases for Martin, as the ‘Noles had batted around in the inning.

  • Bonus: Greene had a good day at the plate, but his defense was the highlight. In the third inning, Greene helped Messick work his first 1-2-3 frame of the day. Greene robbed Bryar Hawkins of a leadoff single. The second baseman ranged up the middle to make a diving stop and threw a dart from his knees to first for out #1. In the next inning, Greene ended a second straight 1-2-3 frame with a dazzling barehanded play on a slow roller to rob another hit. The redshirt junior has been a vacuum at second all season, as he’s made just one error through 43 games.

Three down

  • The Seminoles got behind big for the second straight game today. After posting three runs in the first yesterday, the Tigers plated four runs in the first today. Parker Messick, who missed his Friday start with a back injury, got the start for the Seminoles. Messick was greeted with back-to-back bloop singles with one out. Caden Grice followed the bloopers with a liner into the right-center field gap to score two runners. Bryar Hawkins lined a single up the middle to score Grice on the Tigers’ fourth straight hit. After a strikeout, Nander De Sedas extended the inning with an E6 on a routine ground ball. Blake Wright made the ‘Noles pay with a single into right field for his second RBI of the year. It was the fifth Clemson hit of the inning. In his last three outings combined, Messick had allowed three ER. He also hadn’t allowed more than two earned runs since opening day. Clemson scored in the first inning of all three games this weekend, plating eight total first inning runs. Messick settled into a groove after the first. After a HBP in the second, Messick retired 13 straight batters. A two-out walk ended Messick’s streak in the sixth inning. Wright followed the walk with his first homer of the year to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead. The homer was the first hit Messick had allowed since the first inning and was the first homer he had allowed since March 12th. Messick posted a final line of 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 6 R, 5 ER, and 110 pitches (74 S).
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