No. 18 Florida State baseball (24-17, 16-13 ACC) dropped game two to Notre Dame (25-9, 22-9) by a score of 5-3. FSU produced 10 hits, but couldn’t find the timely hit to break things open in a close ball game. The ‘Noles made their first error of the weekend, but have just one through 17 innings. On the mound, the ‘Noles walked just two batters, but struggled to put Notre Dame hitters away when they needed. The loss will set up a rubber match in game two of today’s double header.
- Tyler Martin broke out in a massive way today. Martin set the tone for his day from the first at-bat of the game. The redshirt freshman lined the fourth pitch of the game into left for a leadoff single. After a strikeout in the third inning, the Irish couldn’t contain Martin for the rest of the afternoon. In the fifth, Martin lined a two-out single up the middle to put runners on the corners. The infielder started a late-game rally in the eight inning. Martin singled up the middle to lead off the inning and ended up scoring FSU’s first run of the day. After Nander De Sedas and Jackson Greene both singled in the ninth, Martin brought both of them home with his fourth single of the day. On the day, Martin’s average rose from .272 to .309.
- As in recent outings, Bryce Hubbart was strong on the mound today. Hubbart didn’t have the superb command like last week, but consistently induced weak contact. Like Messick, Hubbart ran into some quick trouble in the first, but settled in after. A leadoff walk led to a first inning run on a sac-fly for the Irish. After the first, Hubbart retired ten straight batters over the next four innings. The southpaw posted a final line of 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s, 2 R, and 84 pitches. Hubbart’s season ERA is down to 3.46. In each of his last four outings, the redshirt freshman has gone 5+ innings and allowed 2 ER or less.
- Matheu Nelson had another impactful day on the diamond. His biggest play of the day came in the fifth inning. The Irish started the inning with three straight bunts, one for a single, one for a sac bunt, and one that led to an error. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Notre Dame was bunting again. The Irish failed to get a suicide squeeze down and Nelson took control of the play. Nelson tagged the runner coming home from third and then gunned down the runner at second to end the inning on a 2-4 double play.
Nice little 4-2 double play to erase both runners and keep the Irish lead at just 1️⃣— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) May 8, 2021
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At the plate, Nelson made it 11 straight games reaching base with a 2-4 day. The catcher led off the 6th inning with a line drive single into left. In the eighth, Nelson lined his 12th double of the year down the right field line to score Martin and get the ‘Noles on the board. He also walked in the ninth inning. The redshirt sophomore is hitting .347.
- Notre Dame broke open the game in the sixth inning after some miscues from the Seminoles. Hubbart allowed a leadoff double on a misplay in center field from Wyatt Crowell. Mike Martin Jr. went to the pen for Jonah Scolaro. Scolaro got one out, before hitting a batter and being replaced by Chase Haney. Jack Brannigan made the Seminoles pay with a three-run homer over the right field wall to open a 4-0 lead. Haney also allowed two more doubles in one inning of work. Haney’s ERA is up to 5.56.
- Unlike last night, the Seminoles couldn’t find the timely hit today. The ‘Noles outhit the Irish, but stranded ten men on base. Last night, FSU stranded just two runners. FSU had four leadoff hits, but scored just one of them. The Seminoles didn’t have any homers today and Nelson’s double was just the Seminoles’ second extra base hit of the week. In three separate innings, Florida State left multiple men on base. The ‘Noles were just 4-20 with runners on base and 7-21 in advancement opportunities.
- Robby Martin has struggled in recent weeks. The outfielder was 0-5 with a strikeout today. Martin also left three men on base. The redshirt sophomore made the last out of the day as he flew out to center field with two men on base and down two runs. His season average has dipped to .269. Once Martin gets going again, FSU will produce many more runs.