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Godby-FSU Alumn Looks To Hear Name Called At NFL Draft

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Jacob Pugh is one of many athletes hoping to hear his name called during the NFL Draft. Pugh began his path to the draft in Tallahassee, where he attended Amos P. Godby High School.

Pugh made his talents known there as a defensive end in his junior season in 2012. That year, he collected a total of 98 tackles along with 6.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions.

During Pugh’s senior season, he saw much of the same as he ranked in the top-100 players in the country and led the Cougars to a playoff appearance.  He had 64 total tackles along with nine sacks and three fumble recoveries. Pugh ended his high school career with a trip to the Under Armour All-American game.
The following spring, Pugh signed his letter of intent with the Florida State Seminoles. His freshman season he transitioned from defensive end to linebacker. Pugh recorded twelve tackles and two interceptions on the season.

His sophomore campaign saw an increase in his playing time. He played in 10 games that year with 32 tackles and three sacks.
Pugh had a breakout season in his junior year. He made 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Instead of entering the draft, he stayed for his senior season.  

Pugh called last season a “nightmare”, as FSU only won two of its first seven games. Pugh also had injury problems that kept him out for an extended time his senior season; only playing in eight games with 21 tackles.
Pugh now looks forward to entering the draft and pursuing a career in the NFL. At the combine, he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, recorded a 38.5 inch vertical jump and  122 inch broad jump. Pugh is projected as day-three selection. 

Florida State Falls to Florida

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – For the eighth time in a row, and the 13th in the last 14 games, the Florida State Seminoles fell to the Florida Gators.

The No. 1 Gators (29-6) defeated the No. 10 Seminoles (24-10) 6-3 in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

“We made a couple of mistakes, and they were taken advantage of,” coach Mike Martin said.

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After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd off a Cooper Swanson home run, the Seminoles committed 2 errors in the 4th inning to help UF get ahead.  Florida third baseman Jonathan India stole second, and advanced to third when FSU catcher Cal Raleigh threw the ball wide of shortstop Mike Salvatore. From there, India scored on a double from Wil Dalton. Two batters later, Austin Langworthy singled to left to score Dalton, and advanced to second when Raleigh couldn’t field the throw coming in from the outfield. Langworthy would then score on a Blake Reese single.

The Seminoles offense battled, but every run they scored was quickly answered in the very next inning by Florida. In the 5th inning, FSU second baseman Nick Derr scored on  a Mike Salvatore sacrifice groundout to pull the Seminoles within a run. The Gators answered with 2 more runs in the next inning to push the score to 5-2.

Seminole left fielder Jackson Lueck hit a solo home run to right-center field in the 7th. The very next inning Gator catcher JJ Schwarz answered with a home run of his own. Schwarz has gone 22-for-65 (.369) for 8 home runs and 25 RBI in his career vs FSU.

The Seminoles had a lot of chances to capitalize on offense. They loaded the bases in the 6th inning, but Swanson grounded out in front of the catcher before anything could get started.

This marks the eighth time in a row that FSU has fallen to UF. The last time FSU beat UF was in the 2016 super regionals in Gainesville. This is the second year in a row that the Gators have swept the three-game “Sunshine Showdown” series.

“I wish I could explain a little bit of my frustration,” coach Martin said. “But we still have 22 games left in the regular season. And he hope we can continue to get better every day.”

The Seminoles return to the field for a 3-game weekend series vs. Duke, starting Friday at 6 p.m.

Florida State Loses To No. 18 Louisville

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles baseball team (22-7, 7-5 ACC) fell short by a score of 6-1 against the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals (19-8, 5-7 ACC) Saturday afternoon at the Dick Howser stadium.

The Seminoles struggled on the offensive side, ending the game with one run and four hits. Head coach Mike Martin talked about the team’s performance today and for the series.

“I want our guys to know that they battle. They kept battling and I’m very proud of how we played this entire weekend,” Martin said. “When we have an opportunity to win the third game and secure a sweep and we don’t we are disappointed”.

As far as relief pitching, the Seminoles’ C.J Van Eyke ended the game allowing only two hits, one run, three walks and one error. Martin talked about Van Eyke’s performance and his chances of hopefully being a starter.

“C.J Van Eyke pitched very well for six innings. Two hits, one run and four strikeouts…that is pretty impressive. I am very very proud of C.J and how he took charge of the ball game,” Martin said. “Yes, he is in the conversation. He enjoys competition, he controls his emotion, he doesn’t put undue pressure on himself, he is a battler and he is a winner.”

 

The Seminoles will go up against the Jacksonville Dolphins April 4 at the Dick Howser Stadium at 6.00 p.m.

Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

 

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@bribiancardiFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – Florida State’s head football coach Willie Taggart held his first official pre-spring press conference this past Monday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Taggart addressed the media and responded to questions regarding the program, team and upcoming spring practices.

Taggart initiated the conference with a shoutout to the men’s and women’s basketball team for their success, including the men who will now advance to Elite 8 on Saturday night against Michigan. Taggart continued to express his support for the Noles and finished his commencement by stating, “It’s good to be around winners.”

Taggart then referenced to Florida State football. By the look on his face and the sound in his voice, his excitement about the upcoming spring season, as well as his involvement within the program, was crystal clear.

“I’m ready to see them go through the next process of another spring ball, Coach Taggart said. “We’ve been in the wait room and now it’s time to go out and execute on the football field.” Continue reading Weekly Report: FSU Spring Football Report with Head Coach Willie Taggart

Preview: No. 9 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO.4 GONZAGA

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  The ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (22-11) will take on fourth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-4) Thursday in Los Angeles at the Staples Center at 10 p.m. to advance to the elite eight. 

Both teams are coming off of wins. The Seminoles got a 75-70 win against the top-ranked Xavier Musketeers (29-6). The leading scorer for the Seminoles was senior guard Braian Angola, ending the game with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block. FSU senior forward Phil Cofer contributed 10 points and two steals.

The Musketeers were led by senior guard J.P Macura, ending the game with 17 points, two steals and one rebound. Karem Kunter finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds. 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9), 84-90. The leading scorer for the Bulldogs was freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr., ending the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Rui Hachimura pitched in with 25 points, five rebounds and four blocks. 

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Seminoles and the Bulldogs met back in 2010 in the NCAA tournament, with the Bulldogs coming out on top 67-60.

This is Gonzaga’s fourth consecutive year in the Sweet 16. The Noles are shooting 68 percent from the field, compared to the Bulldogs, who are shooting 50 percent. 

Waltman’s Uses Experiences From Being a Player as Lincoln’s Coach

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – At five years old, when Terese Waltman’s parents first asked if she wanted to sign up to play softball, she responded telling her parents “No. All I want to do is go to the concessions stand by myself.”

The Lincoln High School softball coach began playing when she was six years old, just a year after she told her parents she did not want to play. Waltman was inspired by her sister, who is two years older than her, to begin the sport. Along with softball, she was very active, playing basketball, tennis and golf. She mostly spent her time focused on softball and basketball.

“I think it was actually when I got into ninth grade I had to make the decision. Am I really going to focus on softball or basketball?” Waltman said. “After I finished basketball season, I realized I was wanting to leave basketball practice and go pitch in the yard with my dad or leave a basketball game and go hit with him.” 

Her sophomore year of high school, Waltman began receiving letters of interest and by her junior year was going on official visits. She narrowed down her top three schools to Georgia Tech, University of Alabama and Florida State.

“I had my older sister so I kind of followed the ropes she took and saw how the recruiting process worked,” Waltman said.

After watching her sister play in college at the University of West Georgia, she decided what she wanted. She wanted the opportunity to prove herself as a player at a top university.

“I wanted the big university aspect of it. At that point, I did everything in my power and worked really hard and was able to earn a scholarship,” Waltman said.

Waltman committed to Florida State University at the end of her junior year and officially signed as a senior. Through her experiences as a player, Waltman learned a lot about herself. 

“I’ve learned how strong of a person I am. You can face adversities and see how you react to them and overcome them,” Waltman said.

Less than a week after finishing four seasons at Florida State, Waltman headed to Germany for a summer to play softball internationally. She competed for the European cup and her team took fourth place. She was named Most Valuable Pitcher at the global tournament.

Waltman returned to Tallahassee and first began her coaching career at Lincoln High School in fall 2011, with her first official season in spring 2012. Waltman has used her experiences as a player to help develop the way she coaches her athletes. 

“I’ve been in their shoes. I know what it feels like to be in those pressure situations,” Waltman said. “I think it has helped me relate to them instead of demanding to do this and that.”

Off the field, Waltman has become a comforting voice to her players. Senior catcher Taylor Thorpe said it’s like having another parent.

“Basically, [she] is like our second mom or sister. I can talk to her about anything. I’ll text her that I need help with something and ask for her advice,” senior catcher Taylor Thorpe said.

 

FSU Bats get going to overcome an early 5-run deficit

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)

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FSU got an early season victory behind dominant pitching

Through the first 11 games this season it has been mostly the pitching staff for the Seminoles but tonight the bats came through.

“You know when you play 12 games you think you have a good feeling about your ball club, but when you fall 5-runs down after four innings you kind of just look around and wonder is this bunch going to be satisfied with what they accomplished in three weeks or are they going to fight?” FSU Coach Mike Martin said.  “Well they answered that tonight and as one of the coaches of the team I am proud to be a part of it because that’s what life’s about and this ball club really showed me something tonight.”

The No.4 Florida State University Baseball (12-0) defeat the Kansas Jayhawks (8-3) 10-5 in game one of a two game series at Dick Howser Stadium.  The series was supposed to be played Tuesday and Wednesday but due to unexpected weather first pitch was tonight at 6 P.M. and game to will be played Tuesday at 6 P.M. as well.

“I thought Jonah came in and pitched extremely well. Karp struggled a little but he was right over there on the side line when he came out yelling for his ball club” Coach Martin said.

The Seminoles couldn’t get anything going through the first three innings.  Andrew Karp threw out the first pitch for the Seminoles and gave up a home run to the Jayhawks second batter James Consentino.  Karp finished his night with five innings pitched, 101 total pitches, 69 strikes, eight hits, five runs, seven strikes and a 1.56 ERA.  Jonah Scolaro came in and pitched the last four innings for the Seminoles only giving up two hits striking out six batters and got the save.

The Seminoles brought the heat in the bottom of the fifth inning batting in five runs to take their first lead. Rafael Bournigal got them going with a two run home run destroyed down the right side.  Cal Raleigh then sends one right down the center field and hits the top of the fence for the two RBI double that would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Another big inning in the seventh earned the Seminoles three more runs batted in.  Steven Wells RBI single loaded the bases with no outs.  J.C. Flowers and Bournigal each Sac fly to bring in a runner home to advance the lead 9-5.  Mendoza’s late RBI single would then send Rhett Aplin home to give the Seminoles the 10-5 lead.

FSU Player Stats

Pitchers

Andrew Karp (3-0) completed 5 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 7 strikeouts and 2.42 ERA.

Jonah Scolaro: 2 saves, completed 4 innings, 2 hits, 6 strikeouts, 52 total pitches and 35 strikes.

Box Score

Rhett Aplin: 3 at bats, 2 hits, 2 runs, a double and .293 AVG

Cal Raleigh: 4 at bats, 2 runs, 3 hits, 2-RBI, one double and .326 AVG

Drew Mendoza: 3 at bats, one run, 2 hits, 3-RBI and .458 AVG

Rafael Bournigal: 1 at bat, 1 homerun, 3-RBI and .206 AVG

 

The Seminoles Defeates Troy 9-4

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles baseball team beat Troy 9-4 Saturday afternoon at the Dick Howser Stadium to improve to 7-0.

In the second inning, the Seminoles recorded five runs on five hits and zero errors. Austin Pollock got his first career start and threw six innings and only allowed one earned run. He ended the game with five hits allowed and six innings pitched.

Pollock talked about his experience and performance on his first career start.

“It’s a dream come true growing up coming to all of the games. It’s definitely a blessing.  I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life,” Pollack said. ”I think I threw alright today other than that homerun and other few hits but I just need to keep throwing strikes and keep the ball down.”

At the top of the second inning, Troy scored the game first points with a home run by Cole Prestegard to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. The Seminoles answered quickly with five consecutive runs, that gave Florida State a 5-1 lead.

Florida State head coach Mike Martin talked about a key play that set up the five consecutive runs. He also talked about J.C Flowers and his performance.

“The big hit of the game was J.C Flowers,  he hit a ground ball on purpose to score a run for us. That’s a total display of a teammate and I’m very proud of how he approached that at-bat,” Martin said. ” Even though there was a mistake today,  he plays with poise and I’m proud of the progress he made.”

Flowers was the offensive leader, ending the game with two hits in three at-bats, three RBI and two doubles. With the two doubles, Flowers put the Seminoles on top 8-3. Flowers also has four doubles this season after having four all of last season as a freshman.

Flowers talked about both he and Pollack’s performance in the game.

“The main key was relaxing,  just being myself and not putting pressure on myself,” Flowers said. “He kept his composure and was in his zone.”

The Seminoles will go up against the Jacksonville Dolphins Tuesday at 5 p.m.

 

 

FSU rides big night from Cal Raleigh to 9-2 Win

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles started their weekend with a 9-2 rout of the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs.

Florida State starting pitcher Cole Sands struggled early.  After allowing a leadoff walk, centerfielder Chris Troost doubled to bring home the first run of the game.

However, FSU (9-0) would get those runs right back. With 2 out and a runner on first, Cal Raleigh (3-for-4) hit a triple off the top of the right field wall to drive home Rhett Aplin. On the next at-bat, Drew Mendoza would drive home Raleigh to give the Seminoles the lead.

The ‘Noles would put up 3 more runs in the 4th. Cooper Swanson drew a walk with the bases loaded. Jackson Lueck hit a 2 RBI single to put the ‘Noles up, 5-1.

The Bulldogs’ (2-6) biggest chance to catch up to FSU came in the 5th. With a run already in, and runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 out, Cole Sands threw a wild pitch to allow Carmine Pagano to reach 3rd. Luckily, Sands (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) struck out Brandon Lankford to get out of trouble.

Although he pitched a quality start, Sands feels he didn’t have his best stuff.

“Not a lot was working for me”, said the Tallahassee native. “It’s refreshing to just look up and even on my worst night, it’s not a huge number up there.”

The big inning for the Seminoles came in the 6th. After walking the bases loaded with 2-out, Cal Raleigh drove a ball to right center for a 3-run double. Raleigh ended the night with 4 RBI, tying a career-high.

Raleigh, who came into tonight hitting only .192, said he got some work in with his coaches this week.

“We’ve just been working on some stuff,” Raleigh said. “Some little mechanical things, they just started clicking. So hopefully it keeps working.”

Junior pitcher Cobi Johnson came in relief of Sands. Johnson recorded 6 strikeouts in 2 innings. He now has 16 strikeouts in 6 innings this year.

Freshman Tyler Ahearn pitched the last 2 innings for FSU. He gave up no runs on 1 hit in 2 innings.

The Seminoles continue their series tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Drew Parrish (1-0, 1.59 ERA) is expected to start for the ‘Noles.

Austin Pollock Gets the Job Done in First Collegiate Start

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – It wasn’t the glamorous first-start that all freshmen dream of, but lefty Austin Pollock got the job done Sunday afternoon. The Tallahassee native got through a rocky first two innings and a 1:18 rain delay to pick up his first collegiate win in a 9-4 victory against Troy University.

The trouble came quick for Pollock. On the very first pitch of the afternoon, Matt Sanders hit a ball into right field for a double. After the next batter reached on an error, Pollock turned around to pick off Sanders at second base for the first out. One more batter reached on another error before Brody Binder grounded into a double play.

The second inning is where all of Troy’s damage against Pollock was done. After getting two straight strikeouts, he allowed a solo home run to Cole Prestergard to give Troy a 1-0 lead.

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The Seminoles’ offense helped Pollock out, putting up five runs in the bottom on the 2nd.

After the 2nd inning, the steady rain turned into a downpour, and sent the game into a rain delay that lasted an hour and 18 minutes. During that period, coach Mike Martin said that Pollock kept loose and threw two or three different times during the delay.

Pollock was hot coming out of the delay. He retired 8 of 9 batters he faced from the 3rd through the 5th inning. In the 6th, he allowed a walk and a single, but got out of the inning unscathed.

Coach Martin was impressed with Pollock’s resiliency after his early struggles.

“He had a couple of opportunities to feel sorry for himself and fold the tent. He kept battling,” Martin said.

Pollock, who entered the pitching rotation after junior ace Tyler Holton went down with a season-ending injury, pitched in relief last weekend, where he allowed no runs on 3 hits in 4 innings in his first ever appearance for the Seminoles.

The Lincoln High School graduate said he was confident coming into today’s outing.

“I feel like I got all of my nerves out last game,” Pollock said. “Just because the stage is a little bigger, you’re still playing  baseball.”

Pollock said he’s been coming to watch FSU games since he was a kid, and was excited for the opportunity to pitch in front of his hometown crowd.

“It was definitely a dream come true,” Pollock said. “It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

As of right now, he is slated to start next Sunday against UNC-Asheville.

Pollock’s final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB.

Starting Pitcher Tyler Holton Out For Season

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State starting pitcher Tyler Holton will miss the remainder of the season with a torn UCL. Holton will undergo Tommy John surgery this Thursday. The junior ace left the Seminoles’ opening game last Friday  in the 5th inning after manager Mike Martin had a trainer go check on him. After the game, Martin said that Holton felt the same type of pain back in high school, but nothing ever came of it.  Holton, who came into this season leading all returning pitchers in the nation with 144 strikeouts last year, was pitching a one-hit shutout when he was pulled.

“Tyler is a fine young man and we’re all disappointed at this setback in his career,” Martin said. “He’s doing the best thing right now. We’ll be there for him and help guide him through the rehab process, but as a team, we have to keep moving forward on our goals for this season.”

In an update after last Saturday’s game, before the diagnosis was made, Martin said he would consider having a look at freshman Austin Pollock to become the No. 4 starter if Holton had to miss extended time. Pollock allowed no runs in 4 innings last Saturday.