FSU baseball opened up ACC play by hosting Boston College. The Noles had a rough start to the weekend but finished strong to take two of three.
FSU baseball didn’t have the start to ACC play that they envisioned. Due to sloppy defense and the lack of timely hits, FSU dropped their ACC opener to BC by a score of 8-5 on Friday.
FSU didn’t even get a chance to break out their Sunday golds for ACC play this weekend. Because of the threat of inclement weather, Sunday’s game was moved to Saturday meaning FSU and BC would be playing a double header.
The double header was kind to FSU as they bounced back from Friday’s loss to thump BC in both games. The first game ended in an 11-1 FSU victory. The second game ended with a score of 13-0, the Seminoles third shutout win of the season. The 2-1 record for the weekend brought FSU’s overall record to 13-3.
FSU baseball’s nine game winning streak was snapped in their ACC opener against Boston College Friday.
Cole Sands took the mound for FSU as the Friday starter. In an otherwise solid performance, a rough third inning saw Sands take the loss to drop to 2-1 on the season. In the third inning BC recorded six hits. Throw in an FSU error and that lead to a five run inning for Boston College. Sands final line was 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
At the plate FSU fell victim to the ground ball double play on four different occasions. The Seminoles were 1-7 with runners in scoring position on the night. FSU generated four of their five runs on two-run home runs from Dylan Busby and Taylor Walls. For Busby it was his second long ball of the season, for Walls it was his first.
Cal Raleigh had a nice night at the plate as he went 2-4 including a deep double in the gap that plated a run. Quincy Nieporte came up with another multi-hit game as well when he was 2-4 on the night.
Freshman leftie Grant Stewart was impressive in his inning of relief. Stewart struck out all three batters he faced on fourteen pitches.
The FSU defense was sloppy at times committing two costly errors. The Noles failed to do the little things such as hitting their cut off men. It was a mixed bag as FSU made some nice plays in the field but also had some head scratchers on their way to the 8-5 loss.
Tyler Holton impresses every time he takes the mound for FSU and Saturday was no different. Holton posted a line of 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K on his way to a 4-0 record. Holton’s ERA on the season is now an incredible 0.36.
FSU’s trademark patience was on display all day Saturday. In the first game of the double header, FSU players walked eleven different times. Four of those walks were earned by the nation’s leader in walks, Taylor Walls. Nick Derr and Matt Henderson walked three times a piece as well.
Walls tacked on a deep home run to left field, his second of the weekend. Freshman center fielder JC Flowers hit a deep home run to left as well, his was worth three runs.
Tyler Daughtry enjoyed himself at the plate with three hits in four at bats. Cal Raleigh continued his weekend surge with a 3-4 game of his own.
FSU won the game by a final score of 11-1. Overall it was a much better performance from FSU in game two of the series.
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FSU finished a day full of baseball with a bang when they won the second game of the double header by a score of 13-0. The two wins on Saturday gave FSU the series victory in the opening weekend of ACC play.
Freshman lefty Drew Parrish pitched well on his way to a victory. Parrish’s line reads 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Parrish improved his record to 2-0 on the season.
Taylor Walls capped off his impressive weekend at the plate with a 3-6 performance in the series finale. Walls scored two runs and logged three RBI in the multi-hit performance.
JC Flowers kept the momentum going from his home run in the first game of the double header and picked up two more hits in the finale. Flowers hit a deep ball off the left center field wall for his first ever triple as a Seminole. Flowers scored a run on the day and knocked in two more. Five RBI in a double header isn’t bad from your 8 hole hitter.
It was a disappointing ACC opener on Friday for FSU baseball but as they’ve shown numerous times this season, this team knows how to rebound. The Noles put Friday behind them and took care of business in Saturday’s double header.
FSU is now 13-3 overall on the season and 2-1 in the ACC. The Noles will have a tough week as they hit the road for spring break. It’ll be a trip to Gainesville on Tuesday to take on the rival Florida Gators followed by a trip down to Fort Meyers on Wednesday to face Florida Gulf Coast University.
Be on the look out for our preview of the games on Tuesday.