TALLAHASSEE, Fl. — GAME ONE
Florida State had its best offensive performance of the season, with 14 hits, 10 walks and four hit by pitches in a 16-6 win over FAU. After falling into an early 3-0 hole, FSU scored six runs in the fourth inning to turn the tide.
Florida State’s starting pitcher Bryce Hubbart lasted just 1.1 innings, allowing a pair of solo home runs in the first inning. Jack Anderson (1-0) earned the first win of his career, throwing a career-high 4.2 innings in relief. The sophomore allowed just two hits and one unearned run while tying his career high with four strikeouts.
Freshman Tyler Martin reached base five times against the Owls, with a double, triple, two walks and a hit by pitch. Robby Martin had three hits – a double and a pair of two-run doubles. Robby Martin had two hits in the fourth inning, the first Seminole with two hits in an inning since Quincy Nieporte in 2017.
FSU added a run in the fifth, then three more in the seventh and six in the eighth inning.
FAU starting pitcher Dante Visconti allowed three runs in 3.2 innings pitched; the Owls bullpen gave up 10 hits and 13 runs in 4.1 innings.
Five Seminoles had at least two hits; five players scored at least two runs and four players had at least two RBI. The 14 hits tied a season high.
Texas Tech tied the game in the ninth inning on a home run and took the lead in the 11th inning on a throwing error to secure a 6-5 win Saturday night. Robby Martin finished 4-for-6 and Mat Nelson had a two-run double while the Seminole pitchers combined to record 19 strikeouts.
Shane Drohan struck out a career-high 9 in 4.2 innings pitched for the Seminoles. FSU took a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning on Nelson’s two-run double and an RBI single from Robby Martin, but a pair of fielding errors in the fifth allowed Texas Tech to tie the game with three unearned runs.
The Noles took a 5-4 lead in the sixth when Cooper Swanson reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored on Tyler Martin’s RBI double.
The 5-4 lead held until the top of the ninth inning, when Texas Tech’s Dru Baker hit a one-out home run off Parker Messick (1-1) that tied the game. Messick struck out five in 3.1 innings pitched and was still on the mound in the 11th inning when Texas Tech scored on a throwing error by Carter Smith, FSU’s fourth miscue of the game.
Florida State loaded the bases in the bottom of the 11th but Smith flied out to deep center field to end the game. John McMillon (1-0) earned the win, keeping FSU off the board over the final 2.1 innings with seven strikeouts.
FSU relievers Chase Haney, Jonah Scolaro and Davis Hare each pitched scoreless innings for FSU in relief of Drohan.
Florida State and Texas Tech will play Sunday at 1:00 p.m. RHP Conor Grady (2-0, 0.90 ERA) looks for his third win of the season for the Seminoles.