TJ Knapp, Correspondent
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Virginia’s offense feasts, while Florida State’s famines as the Cavaliers take the second game of the series 8-0.
It seemed like nothing could go right for the Seminoles (27-17, 11-11) on Saturday. Sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Holton lasted only 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and only striking out one batter—his lowest game total of the season. Meanwhile, UVA freshman starting pitcher Noah Murdock threw six scoreless innings and allowed only two hits.
There was a glimmer of hope for the Noles in the third inning. With runners on second and third and one out, red-hot Dylan Busby and Jackson Lueck both struck out looking to end the threat. To put this game simply, Virginia (34-11, 13-10) outplayed FSU.
“They just took us out back in the wood shed, plain and simple” FSU coach Mike Martin said. This is the fourth time Florida State has been shutout this season and the two-hit performance is the fewest since the Noles were shutout by VCU on opening day.
One bright spot for the Seminoles on Saturday was the defensive showing by Drew Mendoza at first base. Mendoza made a nice catch on a pop fly in foul territory, leaning over the dugout railing to make the catch; he would later snare a line drive to make an inning-ending double play. A shortstop in high school, Mendoza originally slid over to third base before it was decided by the coaching staff that first base might be a better fit. It seems to be working so far and Martin agrees. “Drew seems to feel better about himself everyday around the bag, he’s a very intelligent young man.”
Andrew Karp takes the mound in the rubber match tomorrow at 1 p.m.