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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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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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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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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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Noles Drop Second Straight To Rallying Tar Heels

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State was defeated 5-2 on Saturday night. North Carolina rallied back in the top of the ninth inning, capitalizing on six Seminole errors on its way to a comeback win.

The Noles (18-10) found themselves up early in the contest, after sophomore Jackson Lueck drove in freshman Nick Derr with a single that got through right field. A couple of innings later, junior Rhett Aplin tripled to center field, the first of his career. Freshman Drew Mendoza then sac-flied out to left field, bringing home Aplin from third and making the score 2-0.

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Seminoles Catch Case of the Carolina Blues

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Pitching dominates, as Florida State had no answers for North Carolina ace J.B. Bukauskas and drops the series opener 3-1.

The Seminoles (18-9) were only able to muster three hits against the UNC right-hander.  Bukauskas (5-0) struck out 10 batters while walking two and allowing only one run.  The Tar Heels (20-6) enjoyed home runs from both Brian Miller and Ashton McGee.

This game was a pitching display early on as Cole Sands and Bukauskas threw up zeros over the first two frames.  Sands got bit for two runs in the third inning—in-part due to Miller’s homer—but managed to work through six innings allowing only the two runs.  FSU’s offense just couldn’t figure out Bukauskas, plain and simple.

“It was just one of those nights where you tip your hat to Bukauskas. That was beautiful pitching on his part, he was masterful.”  High praise from FSU coach Mike Martin.  When the winningest active coach in college baseball is impressed, he’s probably the real deal.

Bukauskas is currently rated the No. 3 prospect for the 2017 MLB draft by Baseball America.

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FSU Bats Come Alive In Series Sweep of Oakland

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State’s offense showed up again in big numbers Sunday, as they completed the three-game sweep of Oakland in a 14-6 victory. FSU scored 12 or more runs in all three games this weekend against the Grizzlies.

Florida State (9-2) got on the board quickly with a first inning sacrifice fly by Quincy Nieporte (2-for-3, 3 RBI).

Starting pitching was a slight issue again for the Seminoles. After a relatively quiet first inning and a strikeout to start the second, freshman Drew Parrish found himself in a bases loaded jam. That’s when Oakland’s Tyler Janish knocked a single into left to score Connor Fannon. Parrish struck out the next batter, but Zach Sterry hit a two-run single to left field to give the Grizzlies (1-10) a 3-1 lead.

As with the first two games of the weekend, the Seminole bats didn’t die down. They got Oakland into a bases loaded situation of their own, with the first three Seminoles reaching base. Nick Derr and Dylan Busby scored to tie the game.

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Noles Rally Back Against the Golden Grizzlies

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State rallied back against the Oakland in a high scoring game on Friday night, shaking off early struggles to take the first game of a three-game series, 18-10.

The Noles (7-2) did not play well at the start, allowing seven runs in the first three innings. Starting pitcher Cole Sands struggled placing the ball, forcing coach Mike Martin to go to the bullpen early. Sands had three wild pitches with runners in scoring position, which put the Noles into a 7-0 hole.

“Sands had trouble locating tonight, something that he has not had a problem with,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “But he had trouble and they took advantage of it.”

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FSU Completes the Series Sweep Against Samford

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – High scoring continues as Noles route Bulldogs 13-4 to complete the three game sweep.

FSU (5-2) kept pouring it on in the final game of the series.  The Seminoles took advantage of their opportunities as they drew 12 walks and smacked eight hits.  Jackson Lueck paced the offense with a 1-for-2 day with five RBIs. Freshman southpaw Drew Parrish made his first career start and went six innings while striking out six and only allowing one run on two hits.

Florida State didn’t wait long to keep this offense heavy series rolling.  JC Flowers got the party started in the second inning with a two-run single and Lueck blew the game open with a bases clearing double to extend the Noles lead to 5-0 in the second.  Every starter managed to cross home plate in what was truly a full team effort.

“With this lineup, we have full confidence in every batter,” said Lueck.  “It was just a matter of time for us to get going and now we feel good so we’ll try to carry it on.”

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