No. 18 Florida State baseball (24-15, 16-12 ACC) took game one from No. 7 Notre Dame (24-9, 21-9) by a score of 5-2 tonight. The Seminoles fell behind quick, but shut down the Irish for the rest of the game and got timely hits for the win. In the box, the ‘Noles produced just four hits, but stranded just two runners on base. Florida State also worked six free passes. FSU’s staff combined to allow just four hits against a potent lineup. The ‘Noles were perfect in the field, not making any errors.
- Parker Messick is the best pitcher in the ACC. The southpaw has been the most dominant pitcher in the conference all year long and gives the ‘Noles a chance to win every Friday. Messick got into trouble quick. Spencer Myers led off the game with a double down the first base line. Niko Kavadas followed a walk with a single to load the bases with no outs. Messick got a big time strike out of Carter Putz for out #1 and limited the damage to a sac-fly. In the third inning, he ran into trouble at the top of the order again. After a Myers’ walk, Ryan Cole lined a double to the opposite field to put two RISP with no outs. Messick responded with a strikeout of Kavadas. After a HBP loaded the bases, he struck out Jack Brannigan for out #2 and ended the inning with a weak grounder to second. After that, the Plant City native went into cruise control. The lefty retired 10 straight batters before a two-out walk in the sixth. After FSU took the lead in the fourth, Messick responded with a quick shutdown inning to keep the momentum on FSU’s side. The redshirt sophomore showed off his bulldog attitude en route to his sixth win of the year. Messick posted a final line of 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s, 1 R, and 105 P. His season ERA is down to 2.37 after his 11th straight start of 6+ IP and 2 ER or less.
- FSU’s offense didn’t get many hits on the day, but it got the timely hits. The ‘Noles are starting to find some length with Davis Hare as the designated hitter. After a multi-extra base hit game and the go-ahead homer on Sunday, Hare came up huge again in game one. Matheu Nelson started a two-out rally in the fourth inning with a walk. Robby Martin followed with a line drive into left field for a two-out single. Elijah Cabell worked a full-count walk of his own to extend the inning and load the bases for Hare. Hare ripped a fastball through the right side of the infield to plate to plate two runs and take a 2-1 lead. Hare should be in FSU’s lineup every single day through the rest of the season. The right-handed hitter is hitting .385 through 26 AB’s.
- Elijah Cabell provided the insurance for the Seminoles. In the seventh inning, Cabell extended his hit streak to six games with a line single into left field. Two innings later, it was more hard contact. After two free passes, Cabell made the Irish pay. The outfielder lined a ball over the right field fence for a three-run jack. The homer extended the Seminoles lead to 4. It was Cabell’s 12th blast of the year.
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- Bonus: Jack Anderson’s emergence has made a massive difference in the Florida State bullpen. Anderson relieved Messick in the seventh inning in a one-run ball game. The redshirt sophomore immediately posted a 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout. In the eighth, he worked around a two-out walk with 2 K’s for a scoreless eighth. The walk was his first in the last 29.1 IP. Over his last 30.2 IP, he has 37 K’s and one walk. In the ninth inning, he limited the damage to one after a leadoff double to shut the game out. It was his third save in the last four games. His season ERA is down to 2.78 and his WHIP sits at 0.804.
- Bonus: Nelson’s dominance on the offensive side of the ball has been well-documented, but the dominance behind the plate has been just as impressive. The catcher did many little things to help the Seminoles today. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Nelson made a big time block on a changeup spiked in front of the plate. The block was a run-saving play. In the sixth inning, Nelson helped the southpaw work around a two-out walk as he able to cleanly pick a ball in the turf and throw out a runner at second to end the inning. The caught stealing was Nelson’s 14th of the year in 27 attempts. At the plate, his 10-game hitting streak was snapped, but he still reached base three times and scored a run.
- When you win on the road against a top-10 team and make no errors, I have no complaints.