No. 16 Florida State baseball (28-21, 19-16 ACC) fell to No. 23 NC State (28-14, 19-13 ACC) for the second straight day by a score of 6-4. The Seminoles held two leads, but neither lasted a full inning. FSU produced nine hits at the plate, but worked just three free passes and stranded nine on base. The Seminoles made 0 errors, but couldn’t make the Wolfpack pay for their three errors. On the mound, the ‘Noles allowed 11 hits and three walks while striking out 12. With the back-to-back wins, NC State has clinched the series and snapped the Seminoles streak of five straight series wins.
- Matheu Nelson, Tyler Martin and Logan Lacey have been the Seminoles’ most consistent hitters this season. It was more of the same for the Seminoles’ top three hitters in the order tonight. Tyler Martin led off the game with an opposite field single and made it to second on a stolen base. Lacey moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Martin scored on a wild pitch to open a 1-0 lead. In Lacey’s next at-bat, he ripped a double down the left field line. Nelson followed with an RBI- single through the left side to give the ‘Noles a 3-2 lead. In the fourth inning, Martin ripped his second hit through the right side. The RBI was Nelson’s 60th of the year. The catcher led off the fifth inning with a double of his own into left field. Lacey was also hit by pitch in the seventh inning.
- Robby Martin entered the game 3-44 in his last 12 games and just three hits in the month. He nearly matched that mark tonight. Martin broke out of his slump by putting the bat on the ball and letting good things happen. Last night, the outfielder never put the ball in play as he struck out three times. In his first at-bat, Martin dropped a bloop single into left field to put runners on the corners in the first inning. Two innings later, the left-handed hitter snuck a grounder up the middle for his second hit. Martin also made a productive out in the fifth, as he flew out to deep right to move Nelson up to third with just one out. Tonight was Martin’s first multi-hit game of the month. If FSU can get him back to normal, the Seminoles will have a much better chance to make a postseason run.
- Conor Grady’s stat line was not great, but he threw the ball at a high level tonight. For the second straight game, Grady was ambushed in the first inning. After a leadoff single, Tyler McDonough took advantage of a 3-1 pitch for a no-doubt two-run homer. After the homer, NC State batters struggled to make much hard contact against the righty. Grady limited the damage in the first to the homer with two strikeouts. In the next inning, Grady posted his first 0 on the board as he worked around a walk with two more strikeouts. A hit by pitch, on a pitch that landed right behind home plate, and a single led to a third run on a failed run down by the Seminoles. Grady allowed a leadoff double in the fourth, but struck out two straight batters and induced a fly out to end his day. The redshirt junior allowed just one hit to the 4-9 hitters. He posted a career-high of eight strikeouts while pitching on the road. Grady posted a final line of 4 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K’s, 3 ER, and 94 pitches.
- Bonus: Jackson Greene started the Seminoles’ ninth inning with a blast. The homer was Greene’s second of the season. He continues to put together strong at-bats at the bottom of FSU’s order over the last couple weeks.
Jackson Greene leads off the 9th with a HR.— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) May 22, 2021
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- The fifth inning was crucial for the Seminoles on both sides of the ball. After Nelson’s leadoff double and Martin’s fly out, FSU had a man on third with one out. Elijah Cabell walked to put runners on the corners. Dylan Simmons followed with a strikeout for out #2. Nico Baldor grounded out to second to end the inning and strand two. Wyatt Crowell entered the game on the mound and immediately allowed a swinging bunt single. A single through the right side put two on with no outs. The Pack put down a sac bunt, but Crowell misplayed the bunt as it went for a single to load the bases. A wild pitch gave NC State their first lead at 4-3. After striking out two straight, an infield single doubled the lead. Crowell posted a line of 2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s, and 3 ER despite not allowing much hard contact.
- The Seminoles gave away a run in the third inning. Yesterday, the ‘Noles refused to throw down to second in multiple scenarios with runners on the corners and two outs. With two strikes, runners on the corners, and two outs, Nelson threw down to second as the runner on purposely got in a rundown. The runner from third came home and Greene’s throw to the plate was off line, making Nelson’s tag a second late. The run tied the game at three. Grady struck the hitter out on his next pitch to end the inning.
- FSU’s 6-8 in the lineup was a hole in the lineup tonight after being a strength last night. Dylan Simmons was 0-3 with two strikeouts. Davis Hare pinch hit for Simmons in the 8th inning and grounded into a double play. Nico Baldor was 0-3 and was caught stealing to end the second inning. Nander De Sedas was also 0-3 and struck out once.