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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers softball team (5-24-1) are looking to win their fourth consecutive Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference title.
The Lady Rattlers have completed most of their non-conference schedule and are about to open up their MEAC schedule against North Carolina Central University (5-17).
Head coach Veronica Wiggins is looking to get the team back on a winning track after the team fell into a five-game losing streak after her 700th win. FAMU athletics along with the Tallahassee community will be honoring Wiggins for her career milestone during Saturday’s game against NCCU.
The win came on March 12, after the Lady Rattlers took down the Howard Lady Bison, 8 – 1. The Lady Rattlers will play the doubleheader Saturday against NCCU with the first game starting at 1 p.m. and the second game at 3 p.m.
Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida A&M men’s basketball seems to slowly spiraling down hill. Last week FAMU guard Craig Bowman confirmed that he will be transferring and after three seasons as head coach, Byron Samuels’ contract with the Rattlers will not be renewed.
“I just want a different opportunity,” Bowman told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I feel like we accomplished a lot since I’ve been here. I just wanted a new opportunity. A new chance to compete against some different talent. I just want to think everybody for the opportunity. It was a pleasure. I’ll always be a Rattler. I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”
After Bowman would confirm his transfer, it was released that Samuels’ contract would not be renewed.
“After review and evaluation of the Florida A&M University men’s basketball program, FAMU Athletics has decided to take its program in a different direction,” Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. said in a statement to the Tallahassee Democrat.