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Holt-On A Second, Noles Almost Steal Rubber Match In 9th

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Almost.  That’s the best way to put Florida State’s 7-5 defeat to Virginia on Sunday. 

At one point in this game, the Nole’s trailed 6-0, and, in the bottom of the ninth, they had the tying run at the plate thanks to a somewhat unfamiliar pinch hitter.

Early on, the feeling in this game was that of another trip out to the wood shed. 

Starter Andrew Karp allowed four runs in the first inning with no recorded outs; the Cavaliers tacked on two more; and the Seminoles (27-18, 11-12) were facing a six-run deficit before they had made it through their own lineup once. Then, in the bottom of the fourth, Dylan Busby smacked a solo shot just left of center field and the Nole’s appeared to wake up.  Two batters later, Drew Mendoza skied a two-run homer over the wall in right field and it was suddenly a 6-3 ball game. 

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Seminoles Celebrate Seniors with Victory Against North Carolina

Kaitlin McMillan, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Though Florida State celebrated going undefeated in conference play, it was a bittersweet moment for the graduating Seminoles that were honored this Senior Day.

FSU Softball (46-3-1, 23-0) has done the miraculous and gone completely undefeated in the ACC this season after a 6-2 victory over North Carolina. To not have suffered a single loss was an achievement that the Seminole players and coaches were not eager to relinquish this weekend against UNC (36-17, 14-8).

“Just going undefeated in the ACC speaks volumes of the team and the coaching staff and the way we prepare,” senior first baseman Alex Powers said. “Beating any team three times in a row is always pretty difficult and for us to do it continuously throughout this ACC has been really special for us.”

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U-G-L-Y FSU Ain’t Got No RBIs

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Virginia’s offense feasts, while Florida State’s famines as the Cavaliers take the second game of the series 8-0.

It seemed like nothing could go right for the Seminoles (27-17, 11-11) on Saturday.  Sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Holton lasted only 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and only striking out one batter—his lowest game total of the season.  Meanwhile, UVA freshman starting pitcher Noah Murdock threw six scoreless innings and allowed only two hits.

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Travis Rudolph’s Father Fatally Shot

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Darryl Rudolph, the father of former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph, died Saturday night after being accidentally shot in the head. Rudolph, a club bouncer at Sugar Daddy’s Cabaret in West Palm Beach, was found inside a back storage room of the club with a mortal gunshot wound to the head and neck area.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, Rudolph was doing some kind of repair work inside the club when an employee in an adjacent room moved a firearm from a shelf, subsequently (accidentally) firing through the wall and striking Rudolph. The incident occurred at 9:25 PM on Friday night.

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Derwin James Back and Better Than Ever

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  When defensive stud Derwin James went down with an injury in week two of last year, many Florida State fans held their breath. After the game against Charleston Southern, those fans’ fears quickly became reality—the talented junior safety was victimized by a season-ending knee injury that kept him out of action for the remainder of the season.

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Byrd Is the Word

Florida State vs Clemson Baseball Recap: Brittany Defran, Correspondent

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  Florida State takes the series in a hard fought finale with a final score of 7-6 to hand No. 3 ranked Clemson back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

Stellar relief pitching, timely hitting and clutch defense was the recipe for success.   Senior lefty Alec Byrd earned the win by going three innings in relief, allowing just one run and picking up a couple of huge strikeouts with runners in scoring position.  Cal Raleigh blasted his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot in the 7th inning, to break a 5-5 tie.  The biggest moment of the game however came in the top of the 7th when Rhett Aplin fired nailed what would’ve been the go-ahead run at home plate on an absolutely perfect throw from right field.

“That was an igniter,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin referring to Aplin’s throw to home. “The throw to the plate was right on the money, and the catcher has to make a play. That is probably as a exciting as anything.”

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Noles Bounce Back on Easter

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Clemson Tigers by a score of 7-3 on Easter Sunday. Sophomore pitcher Tyler Holton tossed a brilliant game for the Seminoles, only allowing three runs in eight innings on a whopping 123 pitches. Ultimately, the Seminoles played nine innings of error-free baseball to tie the series against Clemson at 1-1.

“Obviously when you don’t make an error, you like to think you played well – and we did,” Florida State coach Mike Martin said after the game. “This game was obviously very important to us, and with the lineup we have, we have the ability to do what transpired today [multiple home runs],” he added.

The Seminoles (22-15, 8-9) came out of the gate early, scoring four runs against the Tigers (30-6, 14-3) in the first inning to combat an early 1-0 lead. In the first at-bat for the Seminoles, junior Taylor Walls hit a solo home run to right field. After junior Rhett Aplin was walked and subsequently stole second, sophomore catcher Cal Raleigh brought him across with a deep single to right field. A few pitches later, sophomore slugger Quincy Nieporte went yard for the Seminoles, driving in two runs, making the score 4-1.

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Florida State Falls Short to Clemson in Unbelievable Comeback

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The no. 4 Clemson Tigers edge the Florida State Seminoles in a game that was a lot closer than it should have been. Clemson senior Seth Beer drove in four runs, including the final two runs of the game to give the Tigers the final lead 12-10.

“It was a good ballgame, it was a great ballgame – I hope everybody enjoyed that one,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said, admittedly, sarcastically after the game, but he was not wrong from a fan’s perspective.

The last time these two teams met was in the ACC championship game last year where Clemson won in an 18-13 offensive showdown. This game did not quite have as many runs scored as the last meeting, but it was just as much, if not more, fun.

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Seminole Pitchers Chomped to Bits

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WWW.FranchiseSportsOnline.Net) – Ninth inning rally falls short as Florida takes the Tuesday matchup over Florida State 10-7.

Offense was abundant early on in this historic rivalry matchup as both starting pitchers were knocked out before the third inning.  A 4-run second and a 6-run fourth accounted for all of the Gators runs.  Half of these runs came off of a pair of key doubles from Christian Hicks and Jonathan India, 2 and 3-run doubles respectively.

The Seminoles offense showed promise early on, scoring five runs in the first four innings.  A big opportunity went by the wayside in the bottom of the fourth inning.  With the bases loaded and nobody out, the heart of the Noles lineup (Aplin-Nieporte-Mendoza) struck out in order.  Between the lack of timely hitting and downright underwhelming pitching, it just wasn’t Florida States night.

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Fans Get Glimpse of the 2017 Seminoles at Spring Game

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State held its 2017 Spring Game on Saturday afternoon, giving football fans a preview of what they can expect to see in the upcoming season. The game, which showcased a variety of new Nole faces in the form of prized recruits, was a defensive battle for the majority of the four quarters, ending with a 17-7 victory for the Gold.

The Gold team, headlined by returning redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois, struck first with eight minutes to go in the second quarter, as junior running back Jacques Patrick powered across the goal line for a two-yard score. Ricky Aguayo converted on the extra point to make the game 7-0.

The Garnet squad was led by junior safety Derwin James, who returned to action for the first time since his season-ending injury in week two of last year. He looked as good as ever, surveying the field and providing an overall confidence boost to a defense that will look to him for leadership next year. He led all players with seven total tackles and added two sacks.

“He’s better than he ever was,” Francois said about James after the game. “He’s the quarterback of the defense,” he added.

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Florida State 2017 Pro Day Recap

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFs on Twitter)  

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WWW.FranchiseSportsOnline.Net) – With Pro Day complete, the Seminoles will now await the 2017 NFL Draft which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eatkins Oval.

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Weather-Shortened Game Goes the Noles Way

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Timely hitting and lots of lightning lead Florida State to a weather-shortened 3-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.

Florida State (20-11) finished off the two-game sweep of the Eagles in a short, (4.5 innings) but official game.  Will Zirzow started on the mound for the Noles, going three innings while striking out five and allowing two runs on four hits.  The Seminoles’ three runs came off of six hits, including an RBI triple from Cal Raleigh, his first of the season.

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