FSU baseball: Noles fall against Jacksonville in late innings

FSU baseball (15-10, 10-8 ACC) came from behind two times, but it wasn’t enough to take out the Jacksonville Dolphins Tuesday night.

I wrote the Dolphins wouldn’t lay down despite their terrible record, and they wasted no time jumping on the Noles early in the first inning.

Carson Montgomery wasn’t sharp early and some walks, and fielding miscues put the Noles in a 2-0 hole early.

Montgomery can’t seem to make it through five innings. He finished with 4.2 innings, two walks, six strikeouts, and one earned run allowed.

The FSU offense earned seven hits, but left eight runners on base and struck out 11 times. They walked five times and had three batters hit by a pitch.

Logan Lacey seems to be getting hot at the right time, finishing 3-4 with two doubles. Matheu Nelson had two hits and five RBI’s, including a monster grand slam home run that gave the Noles a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the third.

Vince Smith had two hits for the Noles and scored a run. However, Jacksonville would not go quietly, as they connected on a two-run home run to take a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh.

The Noles would answer with a run in the bottom of the seventh and eighth to retake a 7-6 lead. Davis Hare entered the game in the top of the ninth to get the save but walked the lead-off batter.

Jacksonville attempted to sacrifice bunt, but Davis threw out the runner at second. Davis got the next guy to pop out before giving up a two-run bomb, which put Jacksonville ahead 8-7 for good.

It was the Jacksonville batter’s third home run of the game, so I have no idea why Mike Martin Jr. would pitch to him in that situation.

Parting Thoughts

The Noles didn’t play their best game at all. Carson Montgomery didn’t get help from his defense early, but he has to avoid walking so many batters and throwing so many pitches.

This was a bad loss, period.

Logan Lacey and Matheu Nelson, getting hot means this offense could start cooking again like they were against Florida and Miami. They’ll need it when they travel to take on Louisville, which has a lot of good arms on their pitching staff.

The Noles will play Friday with the first pitch at 6 p.m. ET.