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FSU Bats Come Alive In Series Sweep of Oakland

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – 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., ( – 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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FSU Completes the Series Sweep Against Samford

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – 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., ( – 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., ( – 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., ( – 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., ( – 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., ( – 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. ( – 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. ( –  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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