TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State survived a late-game surge to defeat Stetson 8-6 for their second straight win over the Hatters.
Noles starting pitcher Andrew Karp recorded his first career win in his first start, surrendering one earned run on just three hits in five innings.
A five-run ninth inning and an untimely throwing error by the Seminoles (25-11) got the Hatters (17-20) back into the contest after trailing 8-1 to start the ninth, but their comeback ultimately fell short.
“You never take the field in the ninth inning and think this game is over. It’s not over,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. After a couple of frustrating walks for the Noles, John Fussell doubled to right, scoring Matt Morales from first. A couple of pitches later, Kevin Fagan singled to right and brought in Austin Hale and Fussell, bringing the score to 8-4.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Valdosta high school graduate Rashad Lewis signed with USC Aiken after he finished up a stellar high school career. Lewis averaged 19 points a game in his senior season at Valdosta, in which he was the Region Player of the Year.
Lewis transferred to Tallahassee Community College after he averaged six points in his 27 appearances at USC Aiken. Playing under TCC head coach Mark White, Lewis said he learned how to be a leader.
“Last year (at USC Aiken) I wasn’t much of a leader. I was the young guy coming in playing with juniors and seniors, but at TCC, I decided I was going to be a leader. I wanted to lead by example. I was going to be the first one to practice and stay late to put up extra shots after practice.”
Rashad labeled himself as a deep threat early in the season at TCC. His jumper demanded respect from all over the court.
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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles fall, for the third time this season, to the Florida Gators 8-2 at home. The Gators struck in the first inning and held the lead the rest of the game.
Florida State head coach Mike Martin was dissatisfied after the loss.
“I wish I could say it’s just another game,” said coach Martin. “It’s not just another game. Florida beat us. I’m not a happy camper.”
Both teams had no trouble getting runners on base, but the Seminoles could not get them across home plate. The Seminoles (22-9, 9-2) ended the game with 11 runners left on base. Florida State hit the ball hard, but the University of Florida (30-5, 8-4) infield came to play.
“No errors – their infield was very impressive,” said Martin. “You could almost go all the way around the infield and talk about what an excellent job they did.”
For the most part the Gators kept the ball in the infield on defense. Florida did not register an error the entire game and came up with some big plays, including a hard lineout catch by junior shortstop Dalton Guthrie to end a seventh inning threat by the Seminoles.
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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Head Coach Jerry Deloronzo isn’t a stranger to success as he was selected as a member of the gold medal team USA U19 squad, and was an NCAA champion at Syracuse in 1989. Moving up from assistant coach to head coach this season Delorenzo has led the Noles to a 12-1 record so far with a win against the University of South Florida and Elon at Bill Harkins Field.
“I would like to see our team grow and run as a Division one program,” Coach Delorenzo said.
Since the Florida State men’s lacrosse team is considered a club. As apart of being a club sport the president and vice president are current lacrosse players keeping all responsibilities within the team.
Delorenzo also wanted to make it clear that support from the parents was crucial for the team with attending home and even away games there is a presence from the parents.
This season the Noles have a deep team including five midfield lines, two defensive lines and two attack lines. In goal stands six feet tall junior Spencer Talbot from Severna Park, Maryland. Leading from the sideline will be captains Darby Brower and William Glover sitting out due to leg injuries.
“I consider them players, captains and their new role assistant coaches, Both players are the heart and soul of our team and have made us stronger in their new roles,” Coach Delorenzo said.
Some responsibilities that coach Delorenzo is trying to instill this year is establishing accountability, discipline and responsibility.
This weekend the Seminoles will fly up to Annapolis, Maryland to play Boston College and Virginia Tech. The team will also get to attend the Colgate vs Navy game and get a tour of the Navy facilities.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – As the Seminoles wrapped up their spring football training on Saturday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher seemed to be dissatisfied with his team after their second scrimmage.
“I was not pleased with that part of today. They (Quarterbacks) made plays today with not enough consistency and not enough fire in them taking leadership in what they,” Fisher said.
The quarterback group includes true freshman Malik Henry, who was a 4-star recruit and one of the nations top 60 prospects according to ESPN, Orlando native and redshirt freshman Deandre Francois, who was ranked the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to ESPN, and J.J. Cosentino, the red shirt sophomore from Pennsylvania, who was considered the No. 3 best player in Pennsylvania and the No. 11 best quarterback by scouts.
Senior Sean Maguire, who started five games for the Seminoles in 2015, is out this spring with a fractured ankle due to an injury he suffered in the first quarter of the Peach Bowl last year against Houston.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Two of the names that headlined Florida State’s Tuesday Pro Day were kicker Roberto Aguayo and defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
Other than Aguayo and Ramsey, 11 other players worked out for NFL scouts. Florida State has had a total of 36 draft picks since 2011 including seven first round picks.
In 2015, Jameis Winston was the first overall pick, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of The Year and the highest draft pick to ever come out of Florida State.
Aguayo, who entered FSU as the sixth best kicker in the nation according to ESPN.com will now be leaving Florida State and entering the NFL as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history with an astounding conversion rate of .9673 (267-276). The promising kicker holds countless awards and records in the ACC division as well as the entire NCAA.
Aguayo will look to make an immediate impact on the team that selects him in this year’s draft.
Jalen Ramsey is a name that has been apart of many of the conversation for all the teams that are selecting picks 1-10. On day four of the NFL combine Jalen Ramsey (6’1, 202 LBS.) posted a 4.41 second 40-yard dash, a 41.5-inch vertical jump, and an 11-3 broad jump.
Coming into Florida State as a four-star prospect Ramsey has really proven himself these past years, and is projected to go top 10 in this years NFL draft.
“Its what I always dreamed of,“ Jalen Ramsey told reporters when asked about going first in the draft. “It’s what I worked for and I want them to pick me because I’m the best player in the draft.”
Ramsey who competed in all 13-games in the 2015 season was selected to the ALL-ACC first team and Sports Illustrated ALL-American second-team, these are just a few of his many accomplishments during his years at Florida State.
“You’re going to get championship effort every day,” Fisher told reporters. “You got a guy that’s very intelligent who can process the game, who is very physical and tough mentally and physically. And you got a great athlete. But you have a guy that wants to win not only every game, he wants to win every play.
Now the 13-players that are projected to leave Florida State will have to wait until Thursday, April 28th for their names to be selected to enter the National Football League.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State baseball team was forced to cancel its last ACC games of the weekend against NC State due to thunderstorms and rain.
FSU’s Ben DeLuzio was hit by a slippery ball thrown by NC State Pitcher Joe O’Donnell in the first inning of the Noles 8-5 win in game one of the scheduled three-game series.
It was announced that the teams would play a doubleheader March 26 due to weather predictions for next day’s game.
“I would say Im hoping for sunshine, but I hope we play two ball games. Amazing we were able to get the field the way we got it. Its like nothing happened. We had at least two inches of rain on that field,” FSU head coach Mike Martin said.
The matchup was scheduled to start at noon but was pushed back early within the hour to 1 p.m. as the field was still covered by the tarp and rain still coming down. By 1:53 p.m. there was .17 inches of rain that had fallen per weather.gov.
Officials announced that the game would be further delayed to 6:05 p.m. The rain did not let up. It was later announced that the game would be pushed back another 30 minutes because of the non-stop rain. At 6:50 p.m, the game was officially cancelled and Game 3 of the series was scheduled for noon on March 27.
The Seminoles look to defeat the top-ranked Florida Gators on Tuesday in Jacksonville and will travel to Boston College for another ACC series this weekend.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –Moments after the first pitch was thrown, rain fell at Dick Howser Stadium. The slippery game ended in an 8-5 Noles victory.
FSU took a big lead early rocking in six runs in the first inning.
“When you go up six to nothing you better not relax, you better not think you have this thing all figured out,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “They are going to come back at you, and that’s exactly what they did. They really battled.”
Seminoles Senior Mike Compton dashed through the first two innings only to give up one run in the third. NC State came back in the fourth and scored three runs, bringing the score to 6-3 at the end of the inning. Junior Jim Voyles came to the mound to replace Compton at the bottom of the fourth, only for the Wolf Pack to come back a score a run bringing the score to 6-4.
FSU redshirt senior Matthew Kinney started the sixth strong. He threw 24 pitches and gave up one run bringing the Wolf Pack within one run of the Noles. By the bottom of the sixth, FSU had changed pitchers three times.
“Our bullpen has been used a lot this year, and i think the best part about it is that we’ve all been used in different situations. Tonight was the first time I was expected this long,” Kinney said.
NC State Sam Adler steps up at the mound to strike out Taylor Walls to close the sixth. In the seventh, FSU freshman Cal Raleigh hit his third home run of the season. This bomb also brought in an RBI, bringing the score to 8-5.
“I didn’t think it was gone. I hit it good though, it was a nice surprise,” Raleigh said.
Taylor Warmoth came in 9th and struck out 2 batters to seal the victory.
FSU improved its record to 18-5 overall and looks to continue its winning streak the March 26 at noon in a doubleheader against NC State.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Seminoles survived extra innings against the UCF Knights, giving the team its second straight series win against the Knights and outscoring them 16-5 in the two-game series.
Taylor Walls batted in Matt Henderson in the bottom of the 11th to beat out a close throw at home, ultimately giving the surging Seminoles a 5-4 comeback win.
“It’s a win you remember because you had a chance to see a team kind of feel sorry for themselves,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. FSU took a 3-1 lead after a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh, but the Noles got themselves in some trouble in the top of the eighth.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Seminoles did not make it look easy, but earned their first win in this year’s NIT beating Davidson 84-74. Freshmen duo Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley were top scorers combining for 44 points.
Davidson shot well from behind the arc for the entirety game, shooting 39.4%, but the Noles played tough and with intensity in the second half and came out on top.
Sophomore Peyton Aldridge had only five points at the end of the first half for the Wildcats but finished with 16 after knocking down three threes in the second half. Junior Jack Gibbs led the team in scoring with 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
“You have to give them [Davidson] credit; I thought our effort was good,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said.
“They’re a good basketball team and they executed. It wasn’t as much about what we were not doing, I just think you have to give them credit.”