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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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Seminoles Survive and Advance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State survived a late surge by Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday night, winning their first game in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

The Seminoles (26-8) used their collective size to alter shots all night, producing nine blocks over the course of the game to overcome poor foul shooting at the end.

“We’ve been a team that contests shots and changes shots all year long. It’s a part of who we are,” Coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game.  

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Noles Earn No. 3 Seed In the Big Dance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Following a historic season, Florida State has been selected to participate in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2012.

The Seminoles (25-8) are slotted as a No. 3 seed in the West Region, and will face off against Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) on Thursday, March 16 in Orlando.

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TCC Baseball Disappoints In Conference Opener

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Max Fay, Editor in Chief (@Max_Fay on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)–Tallahassee Community College got off on the wrong foot, then couldn’t put one foot in front of the other.

The Eagles (15-11) fell behind early and never could make it a ballgame, getting thrashed 16-5 by Chipola (20-4) in their first conference game of the season.

Starting pitcher Brooks Buckler lasted only 1.2 innings, giving up seven earned runs on five hits and three walks. The lone bright spot for TCC was Cole Vann, who homered to straight away center field, and then came on to pitch in the sixth inning, recording a pair strikeouts.

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“It was a bad start,” TCC head coach Mike McLeod said. “We made some mistakes on the mound and out in the field early. We walked guys and gave up a lot of hits, and that is a recipe not very conducive to winning a baseball game. The lack of defensive really took us out of the game.”

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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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Cook Reflects On Seminole Journey In Letter

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Dalvin Cook opened up to Florida State fans in a letter that he published on Monday, reflecting on his experiences as a Seminole.

In the letter, the two-time first-team All American running back thanked his coaches and fans for contributing to the growth he has experienced since the first time that he arrived on campus. Cook cites the game against The Citadel in 2014 (in which he scored his first career touchdown), as one of his favorite memories, saying that he will “remember it forever.”

Since then, Cook has started all but one game for the Seminoles, setting several school rushing records. Cook leaves Florida State as the school’s all-time rushing yards leader with 4,464 yards, the schools all-time leader in rushing yards in a season with 1,765 yards, and holds 3 of the 5 best single-game rushing performances with 267 yards, 265 yards, and 225 yards in a game, respectively. If statistics tell us anything, he will surely be missed as the Seminoles work to find his replacement.

The letter also acts as a farewell to the Seminole community, as Cook is widely considered one of the top running back prospects for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. He concludes the letter; “I hope you think of me in a positive way. I hope I left my stamp on the program. And I hope that you remember me forever.”

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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Noles Blank Samford

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Brilliant pitching and timely hitting led the Noles to a commanding 8-0 shutout win over the Bulldogs.

FSU (4-2) enjoyed a career day from starting pitcher Tyler Holton.  The sophomore southpaw went seven innings while only allowing two hits and striking out a career high 11 batters.  Samford (2-3) had trouble containing the Seminoles offense yet again, allowing eight runs on nine hits including a grand slam from Florida State first basemen Quincy Nieporte.

It may not seem it by looking at the scoreboard, but the Noles actually scuffled a bit when it came to plating base runners as evidence of their 3-for-16 mark with runners in scoring position.  Thankfully one of those three hits was the grand slam by Nieporte, who ended the game with five RBIs.  Prior to his grand salami, the Bulldogs elected to intentionally walk junior Rhett Aplin, following his four hit, four RBI day on Friday, to load the bases for Nieporte, and he did not take kindly to that.

“I’m not a huge fan of having someone intentionally walked in front of me.” Nieporte said. “It was kind of more personal than other ones but I was just happy to take some pressure off of Tyler. Sorry to the opponents,” because it turns out that intentionally loading the bases for these sluggers may not be the wisest strategy.

“The salami was no question the big hit of the ball game” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “[Nieporte] is getting back to where he was last year with his approach.”

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Godby Advances Over Rickards

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)Godby  overpowered Rickards by a final of 65-50 on Tuesday night, advancing them to the next round of the state playoffs.

They played classic Godby basketball for almost the entire game, full-court pressing their opponent on defense and attacking the paint on offense until Rickards got into foul trouble.

Rickards (19-9) tried giving Godby (25-1) a taste of their own medicine with full-court pressure to start off the game, but it did not seem to slow Godby down.

“They pressed up on us all night, so the lane was open for us to attack,” Godby point guard Montre Edwards said.

Instead, the Cougars jumped out to a commanding lead in the first quarter—one it never relinquished—holding the Raiders scoreless for the first six minutes of the game.

Godby’s lead swelled in the second quarter as the home team attacked the paint relentlessly. Senior center Corbin Merritt had a thunderous dunk and subsequent block on the defensive end with four and a half minutes to go in the quarter, which is a testament to the team’s insistent hustle and aggressiveness.

At one point, Godby led 26-5. Rickards responded with an 8-0 run to get them back into the game at 28-13 with a minute left in the half, including a jump shot as the halftime buzzer sounded. Godby led 29-15 at halftime.

The momentum stayed with Godby in the second half. They immediately came out on a 13-6 run to double Rickards’ score 42-21, a product of continuing to force turnovers and draw fouls. At times, Rickards looked frantic and could not effectively set up their offense.

Many of the Raiders’ offensive woes can be attributed to the Cougars’ unshakeable defense. The Edwards twins kept tight pressure on the ball and Merritt was bothering shots all night, a tough combination to overcome when your bench is not as deep as your opponent’s.

“We played tremendous defense,” Godby head coach Andy Colville said. “To come out here and play that well from start to finish, I think we proved that we are one of the better—if not the best—teams in this area.”

When you take a step back and look at what Colville and his squad have accomplished this year, it is hard not to be impressed.

“A lot of them didn’t play last year.” Colvile said. “And none of them played two years ago when we were undefeated. I think that says a lot about our program and our kids, to have the chance to go back to Lakeland with not one player that was on that [2014-15] team.”

Godby advances to the regional semifinals against Ribault, where they will play on February 24 for a trip to the Final Four.

Mike Martin Hits Another Milestone As FSU Takes the Series Over VCU

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – As No. 5 Florida State got their second win of the season against Virginia Commonwealth 11-3 on Sunday, manager Mike Martin picked up his 1,900th victory of his 38-year career.

All of his wins have come at FSU, and he is only 75 behind Augie Garrido for most all-time by an NCAA manager. Martin did not shy away from how he felt about number 1,900.

“It means that we’ve had some outstanding athletes here in our program for a long time,” said Martin, who also has 17 conference championships and 15 College World Series appearances. “It’s been a great ride, we just want that ride to continue to where we’re trying to get to.”

Early on, the Seminoles (2-1) were able to continue their offensive dominance they showed Saturday. Taylor Walls started the scoring when he was walked on base, and driven in by Cal Raleigh in the first inning. The Seminoles scored three more in the second to jump to a quick 4-0 lead.

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Seminoles Crash Rams’ Party

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State rebounded in a big way with a 12-3 blowout victory over Virginia Commonwealth to even the series at one apiece.

FSU (1-1) put on an offensive clinic, tallying 12 hits and going 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Runs came in bunches for the Noles as they scored all 12 runs across four innings with six players accounting for all of the RBIs. Four batters enjoyed multi-hit games, and first-year Seminole Rhett Aplin crushed a two-run home run for his first career hit.

“What a difference a day makes,” said coach Mike Martin. “It’s amazing how a dinger can wake everybody up. It was the first one of the year and a big lift for our ball club, [Aplin] is certainly capable of messing up the party. He’s learning, he’s earning himself a spot against right handers. I’m very happy for him.”

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