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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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Karp Brilliant, Bullpen Falls Apart in the 9th

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The forecast wasn’t the only ugly sight at Dick Howser Stadium on Tuesday as Florida State fell apart in the ninth inning in a painful 4-2 loss to South Florida.

Heading into the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead, FSU (2-2) was looking at it’s first save opportunity of the season. Three walks, two hit batters, and four runs later, the Seminoles found themselves on the losing end of this in-state matchup for the first time since 1989.

USF (3-1) enjoyed a solid day from six different pitchers, including starter and former Florida State player Ryan Valdes. While there was actually a decent amount of hard hit balls, the group managed to hold the Noles to only one hit, an RBI double by Rhett Aplin in the first inning. Meanwhile it took six pitchers to get FSU through the top of the ninth inning alone.

“We gave them their runs, we gift wrapped it and looked them in the eye and presented it to them, ”said coach Mike Martin after the game. It was clear 11 was disappointed with the loss, but not discouraged with his club.   “I’ve got 600 and something losses, this ain’t nothing new, we have to look at this as a learning experience.”

It wasn’t all bad news for the Seminoles as this game actually gave us some really, really good news; Andrew Karp is legit. The redshirt sophomore allowed no runs on three hits while setting career highs in innings pitched (7.0) and strikeouts (9), which is actually two more strikeouts than he had all of last season. This success is especially encouraging for Karp, who had to redshirt his freshman year due to a horrible car accident and a shaky first season which saw him struggle to the tone of a 6.91 ERA.

“It means a lot, it’s a testament to the coaches, the training staff and the strength coaches getting me ready and putting me in a position to succeed.” Karp also noted he believes this success is a result of the work he put in during the offseason on his delivery and regaining the velocity that made him successful before his injury.

The bitterness that the end of this game brought shouldn’t overshadow how sweet Karp was out there, and coach Martin felt the same way. “Isn’t it a shame? What a throw-away start, the guy was absolutely gorgeous.”

The ninth inning brought to light a problem that the noles really didn’t know they had, and that of course is the inability to get the last three outs with the game on the line. Simply put, the Seminoles need to address their closer situation and that was something else 11 harped on.

“We will get together as a staff and decide who is going to close, and when that decision is made, he’ll know, by George it’s mine in the ninth!” Martin said. “He’ll be the only one that’s going to close it, leave him out there, and let him know this is it.”

It remains to be seen who will ultimately be named the closer, but a few names to keep an eye on are seniors Jim Voyles and Alec Byrd, as well as junior sidewinder Chase Haney. All have showed the ability to get big outs in the past, but all of them also contributed to that ugly collapse in the ninth to the Bulls.

The Noles look to put this one behind them as they try to bounce back this weekend against Samford (2-1) starting this Friday at 3PM.

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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Noles Get the Horns at the Hands of the Rams

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 5 Florida State dropped their season opener to Virginia Commonwealth 3-0, losing on opening day for the first time since 1998.

VCU (1-0) had a strong showing from their pitching staff with a combined one-hit shutout. Jackson Lueck singled in the first inning, which turned out to be the Seminoles’ only hit of the game. FSU (0-1) had not been shutout on opening day since 1980, a 10-0 loss to Miami.

“I think this is something we can learn from,” said Florida State shortstop Taylor Walls, who was named a preseason All-American along with three other Seminoles (Cal Raleigh, Dylan Busby, and Lueck).

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“There’s a lot of hype surrounding this team. For us to get hit in the face one time, and knock us back off our feet, could be a good thing.”

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FSU Baseball Coach Mike Martin on Fall Baseball Season

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin met with reporters to discuss his team during fall practice.

Baseball America has named Florida State baseball’s recent recruiting class as the eighth-best in the country and second among Atlantic Coast Conference teams. The Seminoles have brought in 14 newcomers for the 2017 season.

The 14 newcomers include three junior college transfers and 11 freshman. Among the newcomers, Drew Mendoza, a freshman from Minneola, Fla., was ranked the No. 10 prospect by Baseball America and is the highest-rated player to attend college this season.

FSU Staves Off Late Rally By Stetson

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

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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Gators Down Noles Yet Again

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

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.

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“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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FSU forced to cancel two contest because of weather

Halli Allen, Correspondent

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.

Seminoles rally to upset Wolfpack

Halli Allen, Correspondent

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.

Noles Knock Off The Knights

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

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.

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