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FSU Softball Team Advances to ACC Championship Game

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State scored the final six runs against Notre Dame (32-21) to take a 6-1 win on Friday to advance to Saturday’s ACC Championship Game.

For Florida State (46-10), it will be the sixth consecutive year that the team has played in the ACC title game. They will play the winner out of No. 2-seed Pitt and No. 3-seed North Carolina. That game will be on Saturday at noon.

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Florida State infielder Carsyn Gordon (12) slides into second base as Notre Dame shortstop Morgan Reed (20) fields the ball during the semifinals of the 2018 ACC Softball Championship in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Sara D. Davis, theACC.com)

Sydney Sherrill was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Seminoles. She also connected on her FSU-record 25th double of the season, which moves her into a tie for 17th in NCAA single-season history.

“Quality day today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We had some chances early but just didn’t get the swing off the in the first couple of innings. We worked at-bats and situations later in the game and Meghan and Kylee had really good days in the circle. Now we get to wait and see who comes out of the Pitt and UNC game to have a real Atlantic versus Coastal ACC Championship Game tomorrow.”

The Championship Game between FSU and whoever wins the other matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN. 

Franchise Sports Update: Knight secures Silver Medal in Men’s High Jump

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State’s Corion Knight secured a second-place finish in Thursday’s ACC Outdoor Championships men’s high jump. The Noles’ 11 points placed the team in fourth place behind Syracuse (23 points), Louisville (19) and Notre Dame (12.5). There are 15 total teams competing at Miami’s Cobb Stadium.

Knight set a lifetime-best with his jump of 2.21 meters (7-3) and Brandon Tirado finished in sixth-place in the hammer to help the Noles get in position for one of the top three spots.

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Corion Knight cleared a lifetime-best 2.21 meters (7-3) to secure a silver medal for the Seminole men in the high jump during the 2018 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

“I just want to do my part,” Knight said. “We have a great team. We’re in a good position to win another ACC Championship and I just want to do my part.”

Eleonora Omoregie grabbed a share of third place in the high jump, clearing 1.69 meters (5-6.5) for FSU’s women. Teammates Hannah Welsh and Kayla Maczuga shared sixth place at 1.64 meters (5-4.5). The Seminole women are in eighth place with 7.5 points.

 

Florida State Defeats Miami in Pitcher’s Duel

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – A game between rivals Miami and Florida State wouldn’t be complete without a nail-biting finish. And that’s exactly what the 4,432 people at Dick Howser Stadium were treated to on Friday night.

The No. 14 Florida State Seminoles (30-13, 12-9) defeated the Miami Hurricanes (17-24, 10-12) in a 2-0 shutout.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it was Florida State and Miami. Did you expect anything less?” said FSU manager Mike Martin.

FSU catcher Cal Raleigh was the first and only source of offense when he hit a two-run home run to center field in the 1st inning. Neither team would score again the rest of the night.

“I was just looking for a fastball to hit, and obviously I put a good swing on it,” said Raleigh, who went 2-for-3. “Obviously things didn’t go the way we wanted to for the rest of the offense, but that’s just baseball. Some days you score two, some days you score twenty.”

Miami starting pitcher Jeb Bargfeldt retired the next 15 FSU batters that he faced after the Raleigh home run.

FSU starting pitcher Drew Parrish was effective from the beginning. He struck out nine of the first fourteen batters he faced, and ended with thirteen strikeouts– a career-high for him.

Parrish made it through the 7th inning allowing only two men to reach scoring position, and allowed nobody to reach third. However, he found himself in a jam in the 8th after walking Miami first baseman Raymond Gil and allowing a single to shortstop Freddy Zamora. With only one out, coach Martin went out to the mound to talk to Parrish.

“Coach came out and asked me how I was feeling and I told him I had this all the way and I wanted it more than anything,” said Parrish.

The next batter laid down a difficult sacrifice bunt in front of the mound to advance the runners, and Parrish made the play to get the runner at first.

“Had he not been on the mound, I can’t say every single pitcher on our staff makes that play,” said Martin. “Drew Parrish makes that play.”

Parrish final line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 13 K

The Seminoles’ biggest threat to their lead came in the 9th. Conor Grady came in relief of Parrish and allowed a single to Danny Reyes to start the inning. With Reyes on first, Cal Raleigh attempted to pick him off, but the throw sailed over first baseman Rhett Aplin’s head and into the outfield, allowing Reyes to reach third base. Grady got the next batter to fly out, but then allowed a walk, and hit a batter to load the bases.

That’s when Mike Martin brought in Jonah Scolaro. With the bases loaded and only one out, Scolaro struck out the last two batters to secure the win.

“With his demeanor, you feel good about him coming in the ball game. He doesn’t have any different looks on his face when he comes in,” said Martin. “He just came in against the University of Miami with the bases loaded, one out, and very good hitters, and struck both of them out. It was quite a credit to him.”

The two teams play again tomorrow at 6 p.m. With the victory, Mike Martin is two wins away from becoming the winningest coach in NCAA baseball history.

Andrew Karp Named Weekend Starter

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State starting pitcher Andrew Karp has been moved into the weekend rotation, starting Sunday Apr. 22 at Boston College. He was originally scheduled for Sunday, Apr. 15 against Duke, but rain forced the teams to cancel the game. It will be the junior’s first weekend start since last year, where he made two such appearances, combining for a 6.43 ERA in 7 innings against the University of Virginia and University of the Pacific.

The decision comes in the midst of freshman Austin Pollock’s recent struggles. Pollock was originally put into the Sunday spot in the rotation when FSU’s ace, Tyler Holton, suffered a season-ending injury on opening day.  Pollock is posting an 8.87 ERA in five conference starts.

Karp has been the main starting pitcher for weekday games, including pitching in each of the last six games against the Florida Gators over the last 2 seasons. With his six starts against UF, FSU coach, Mike Martin said that he thinks the experience could help him adapt to the brunt of ACC play.

“Any time you’re given the ball three straight times against a team that’s as talented as Florida, and you pitch as well as he did, you’ve got to feel ‘I don’t know what [The ACC teams] have, but I know what Florida had, and I know what I can do,” Martin said.

Karp, who has a 2.88 ERA and a team-leading 65 strikeouts, credits his progress to staying in Tallahassee after the College World Series last year.

“I stayed here right after Omaha. I stayed here and I lifted everyday with coach Seth [Diters], and definitely got my body in position where I’m able to go out there every week and compete,” Karp said. “I wanna throw as many innings as possible. I wanna go deep into games, save our bullpen, and give our team a chance to win.

Coach Martin said that he first noticed Karp was a weekend-caliber starter last year, in one of his starts against UF.

“Lost on a check swing. Pitched very well against them all three outings this year. Lost a one-run ballgame in Jacksonville. So I would say going back to that game is when I said, ‘This guy’s got a good chance to pitch in our rotation,'” Martin said. “He’s earned it, I’m anxious to see how he does with it.”

Karp was needed this past Tuesday against Stetson University. He pitched a one-hit shutout in five innings, collecting  nine strikeouts on 71 pitches. He’s expected to throw around that same amount on Sunday.

His first weekend outing of the year is expected to come Sunday, Apr. 22 at Boston College. It will be his first ever appearance against the Eagles.

Godby-FSU Alumn Looks To Hear Name Called At NFL Draft

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Jacob Pugh is one of many athletes hoping to hear his name called during the NFL Draft. Pugh began his path to the draft in Tallahassee, where he attended Amos P. Godby High School.

Pugh made his talents known there as a defensive end in his junior season in 2012. That year, he collected a total of 98 tackles along with 6.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions.

During Pugh’s senior season, he saw much of the same as he ranked in the top-100 players in the country and led the Cougars to a playoff appearance.  He had 64 total tackles along with nine sacks and three fumble recoveries. Pugh ended his high school career with a trip to the Under Armour All-American game.
The following spring, Pugh signed his letter of intent with the Florida State Seminoles. His freshman season he transitioned from defensive end to linebacker. Pugh recorded twelve tackles and two interceptions on the season.

His sophomore campaign saw an increase in his playing time. He played in 10 games that year with 32 tackles and three sacks.
Pugh had a breakout season in his junior year. He made 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Instead of entering the draft, he stayed for his senior season.  

Pugh called last season a “nightmare”, as FSU only won two of its first seven games. Pugh also had injury problems that kept him out for an extended time his senior season; only playing in eight games with 21 tackles.
Pugh now looks forward to entering the draft and pursuing a career in the NFL. At the combine, he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, recorded a 38.5 inch vertical jump and  122 inch broad jump. Pugh is projected as day-three selection. 

Florida State Falls to Florida

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – For the eighth time in a row, and the 13th in the last 14 games, the Florida State Seminoles fell to the Florida Gators.

The No. 1 Gators (29-6) defeated the No. 10 Seminoles (24-10) 6-3 in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

“We made a couple of mistakes, and they were taken advantage of,” coach Mike Martin said.

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After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd off a Cooper Swanson home run, the Seminoles committed 2 errors in the 4th inning to help UF get ahead.  Florida third baseman Jonathan India stole second, and advanced to third when FSU catcher Cal Raleigh threw the ball wide of shortstop Mike Salvatore. From there, India scored on a double from Wil Dalton. Two batters later, Austin Langworthy singled to left to score Dalton, and advanced to second when Raleigh couldn’t field the throw coming in from the outfield. Langworthy would then score on a Blake Reese single.

The Seminoles offense battled, but every run they scored was quickly answered in the very next inning by Florida. In the 5th inning, FSU second baseman Nick Derr scored on  a Mike Salvatore sacrifice groundout to pull the Seminoles within a run. The Gators answered with 2 more runs in the next inning to push the score to 5-2.

Seminole left fielder Jackson Lueck hit a solo home run to right-center field in the 7th. The very next inning Gator catcher JJ Schwarz answered with a home run of his own. Schwarz has gone 22-for-65 (.369) for 8 home runs and 25 RBI in his career vs FSU.

The Seminoles had a lot of chances to capitalize on offense. They loaded the bases in the 6th inning, but Swanson grounded out in front of the catcher before anything could get started.

This marks the eighth time in a row that FSU has fallen to UF. The last time FSU beat UF was in the 2016 super regionals in Gainesville. This is the second year in a row that the Gators have swept the three-game “Sunshine Showdown” series.

“I wish I could explain a little bit of my frustration,” coach Martin said. “But we still have 22 games left in the regular season. And he hope we can continue to get better every day.”

The Seminoles return to the field for a 3-game weekend series vs. Duke, starting Friday at 6 p.m.

Florida State Loses To No. 18 Louisville

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles baseball team (22-7, 7-5 ACC) fell short by a score of 6-1 against the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals (19-8, 5-7 ACC) Saturday afternoon at the Dick Howser stadium.

The Seminoles struggled on the offensive side, ending the game with one run and four hits. Head coach Mike Martin talked about the team’s performance today and for the series.

“I want our guys to know that they battle. They kept battling and I’m very proud of how we played this entire weekend,” Martin said. “When we have an opportunity to win the third game and secure a sweep and we don’t we are disappointed”.

As far as relief pitching, the Seminoles’ C.J Van Eyke ended the game allowing only two hits, one run, three walks and one error. Martin talked about Van Eyke’s performance and his chances of hopefully being a starter.

“C.J Van Eyke pitched very well for six innings. Two hits, one run and four strikeouts…that is pretty impressive. I am very very proud of C.J and how he took charge of the ball game,” Martin said. “Yes, he is in the conversation. He enjoys competition, he controls his emotion, he doesn’t put undue pressure on himself, he is a battler and he is a winner.”

 

The Seminoles will go up against the Jacksonville Dolphins April 4 at the Dick Howser Stadium at 6.00 p.m.

Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

 

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@bribiancardiFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – Florida State’s head football coach Willie Taggart held his first official pre-spring press conference this past Monday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Taggart addressed the media and responded to questions regarding the program, team and upcoming spring practices.

Taggart initiated the conference with a shoutout to the men’s and women’s basketball team for their success, including the men who will now advance to Elite 8 on Saturday night against Michigan. Taggart continued to express his support for the Noles and finished his commencement by stating, “It’s good to be around winners.”

Taggart then referenced to Florida State football. By the look on his face and the sound in his voice, his excitement about the upcoming spring season, as well as his involvement within the program, was crystal clear.

“I’m ready to see them go through the next process of another spring ball, Coach Taggart said. “We’ve been in the wait room and now it’s time to go out and execute on the football field.” Continue reading Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

Preview: No. 9 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO.4 GONZAGA

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  The ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (22-11) will take on fourth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-4) Thursday in Los Angeles at the Staples Center at 10 p.m. to advance to the elite eight. 

Both teams are coming off of wins. The Seminoles got a 75-70 win against the top-ranked Xavier Musketeers (29-6). The leading scorer for the Seminoles was senior guard Braian Angola, ending the game with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block. FSU senior forward Phil Cofer contributed 10 points and two steals.

The Musketeers were led by senior guard J.P Macura, ending the game with 17 points, two steals and one rebound. Karem Kunter finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds. 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9), 84-90. The leading scorer for the Bulldogs was freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr., ending the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Rui Hachimura pitched in with 25 points, five rebounds and four blocks. 

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Seminoles and the Bulldogs met back in 2010 in the NCAA tournament, with the Bulldogs coming out on top 67-60.

This is Gonzaga’s fourth consecutive year in the Sweet 16. The Noles are shooting 68 percent from the field, compared to the Bulldogs, who are shooting 50 percent. 

Waltman’s Uses Experiences From Being a Player as Lincoln’s Coach

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – At five years old, when Terese Waltman’s parents first asked if she wanted to sign up to play softball, she responded telling her parents “No. All I want to do is go to the concessions stand by myself.”

The Lincoln High School softball coach began playing when she was six years old, just a year after she told her parents she did not want to play. Waltman was inspired by her sister, who is two years older than her, to begin the sport. Along with softball, she was very active, playing basketball, tennis and golf. She mostly spent her time focused on softball and basketball.

“I think it was actually when I got into ninth grade I had to make the decision. Am I really going to focus on softball or basketball?” Waltman said. “After I finished basketball season, I realized I was wanting to leave basketball practice and go pitch in the yard with my dad or leave a basketball game and go hit with him.” 

Her sophomore year of high school, Waltman began receiving letters of interest and by her junior year was going on official visits. She narrowed down her top three schools to Georgia Tech, University of Alabama and Florida State.

“I had my older sister so I kind of followed the ropes she took and saw how the recruiting process worked,” Waltman said.

After watching her sister play in college at the University of West Georgia, she decided what she wanted. She wanted the opportunity to prove herself as a player at a top university.

“I wanted the big university aspect of it. At that point, I did everything in my power and worked really hard and was able to earn a scholarship,” Waltman said.

Waltman committed to Florida State University at the end of her junior year and officially signed as a senior. Through her experiences as a player, Waltman learned a lot about herself. 

“I’ve learned how strong of a person I am. You can face adversities and see how you react to them and overcome them,” Waltman said.

Less than a week after finishing four seasons at Florida State, Waltman headed to Germany for a summer to play softball internationally. She competed for the European cup and her team took fourth place. She was named Most Valuable Pitcher at the global tournament.

Waltman returned to Tallahassee and first began her coaching career at Lincoln High School in fall 2011, with her first official season in spring 2012. Waltman has used her experiences as a player to help develop the way she coaches her athletes. 

“I’ve been in their shoes. I know what it feels like to be in those pressure situations,” Waltman said. “I think it has helped me relate to them instead of demanding to do this and that.”

Off the field, Waltman has become a comforting voice to her players. Senior catcher Taylor Thorpe said it’s like having another parent.

“Basically, [she] is like our second mom or sister. I can talk to her about anything. I’ll text her that I need help with something and ask for her advice,” senior catcher Taylor Thorpe said.