Category Archives: Florida State University

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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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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Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

 Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State football is back in full swing this week. The Seminoles started spring practice this Monday, with lots of new and returning faces.

Sophomore defensive back Derwin James is back after missing 11 games last season with a torn meniscus, and five-star running back Cam Akers donned the garnet and gold for the first time.

With seven early enrollees, a few players coming back from injury, and some guys who were up-and-coming toward the end of last year, there are several people to be watching this spring. Continue reading Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

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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Florida State Ends Their Regular Season Unbeaten At Home After Beating Miami

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State beat rival Miami to secure their first unbeaten season at home since 1976. Dwayne Bacon made some clutch baskets near the end of the game to seal the deal and finished with a game-high 23 points.

The Seminoles (24-7, 12-6) had an 11-point lead with four minutes left in the game, but the Canes got the game tight in the final stretch. Some clutch free throws from Bacon, and some missed free throws from Miami (20-10, 10-8) helped the Seminoles secure the win.

“We made some shots and were obviously able to keep them at bay,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We hit some key free throws down the stretch. I thought Jarquez gave us good play. Obviously Dwayne came up big today.”

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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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FSU Women Finish Their Last Regular Season Home Game With a Win Over Pittsburgh

Emma Vargas, Correspondent (@EmmaVargasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The FSU women’s basketball team played their last regular season home game with a sound win over the Pittsburgh Panthers 79-48. The evening was especially significant for the team’s seniors, who celebrated this victory on their senior night and added to the team’s record of winning five consecutive senior night games. Seniors Gabby Bevillard, Brittany Brown, Kai James, Leticia Romero, and Ivey Slaughter were recognized in a special ceremony with their families and Coach Sue Semrau before the start of the game.

The revered seniors certainly earned the attention and celebration they received tonight. They are the winningest team in the program’s history, with 103 wins overall and 50 ACC wins, the first team ever to accomplish this feat. For their third straight season, they have thus far held all of their opposing teams to under 60 points.

Tonight, these seniors also performed well individually. Three of the five scored in the double digits, with Romero’s points all coming from three-pointers. The team could consistently count on Romero, Brown, and junior Chatrice White to get points on the board during dry spells.

Coach Semrau had nothing but praises for seniors’ and the rest of the team’s performance.

“Working hard is the culture that these guys have created,” said Semrau. “They’re contagious in that they make everyone follow their lead. The way they’ve worked has set the standard and is part of our culture now.”

The Seminoles (25-4, 13-2) maintained a comfortable lead over Pittsburgh (13-15, 4-11) throughout the game. They made a strong statement in the second quarter when the FSU defense only allowed six Panther points for that quarter and 17 points overall as they headed into the half. The second quarter also saw a 14-1 run by Florida State, with even contributions among its players. Brown finished the half with a dramatic buzzer-beater three-pointer.

Pittsburgh’s scoring woes continued into the second half, although to a lesser degree. Throughout the game, they experienced many missed shots of all sorts and appeared discombobulated altogether. One exception to this was forward Brenna Wise, who scored 22 of her team’s 48 points. This, however, was not enough to close the Seminole’s 21-point lead at the beginning of the next half.

Both the third and fourth quarters contained dry spells from scoring that each lasted up to several minutes between both teams. Slaughter made significant contributions to her team’s points in the third quarter, and as usual served as a dependable playmaker in this game. The final quarter also had a series of three-pointers between Brown and Romero. In the final minute and 18 seconds, the seniors walked off their court for the last time in their careers, leaving the team’s younger players to finish the game.

“Mental toughness, personal growth, community service, and sisterhood are things which I developed and will carry with me from my time at Florida State,” senior Ivey Slaughter explained after the game. “Coach Sue encourages us to make positive impacts in people’s lives.”Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at

Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at 2 pm, while FSU travels to play at Notre Dame at 1 pm. In this, FSU is seeking to win its first ever ACC championship.