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Offense Highlights FSU win vs. Stetson

Posted: 11:20 PM, Apr 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-23 23:20:17-04
Offense Highlights FSU win vs. Stetson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.Behind three home runs from its offense, Florida State (25-14) beat Stetson (18-21) 9-8 Tuesday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The Noles used six pitchers against the Hatters, with Jonah Scolaro (2-0) earning the win in three innings of relief.

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Box Score

Mat Nelson, Reese Albert and Nico Baldor each hit a home run against Bret Neilan (1-4), who allowed all nine of FSU’s runs over 6.1 innings pitched. J.C. Flowers had an RBI single at the plate and notched the final four outs without allowing a run for his ACC-leading 10th save of the year.

Against starting pitcher Conor Grady, the first four Stetson batters reached on a single, a walk, an RBI double and an RBI single for an early 2-0 lead. Grady recovered to strike out a pair to limit any further damage. The right-hander started on a pitch count and left after the first inning at 35 pitches.

The Seminoles took the lead in the second inning. Neilan hit Flowers with a pitch and Elijah Cabell laced a single up the middle to cut the lead in half. Nelson followed with his second home run of the season, a two-run shot off the left field scoreboard for a 3-2 FSU lead.

FSU scored three more in the third off Neilan, including a two-out RBI single from Flowers to score Mike Salvatore and a two-run home run from first baseman Baldor, the first of his career.

Kyle Ball got all three runs back in the fourth inning for Stetson, hitting his first home run of the season to score three runs. Clayton Kwiatkowski pitched three innings Tuesday, striking out a season-high-tying five batters.

Albert, playing his fourth game since returning from injury and hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career, hit his third home run of the year for a 7-5 FSU lead in the fourth.

Stetson tied it with two unearned runs against Scolaro in the seventh inning. The Noles had four errors in the game.

Centerfielder Andrew MacNeil lost a ball in the lights off Nelson’s bat to start the inning, and Salvatore doubled off the third baseman’s glove for an 8-7 lead against Neilan. Reliever Danny Garcia entered with one out in the seventh inning and allowed a single up the middle from Robby Martin to make it 9-7 FSU but no other runners reached base in 1.2 innings.

The Seminoles threw three pitchers in the eighth inning as Stetson cut the lead to 9-8. Antonio Velez struck out two batters before leaving after allowing a double; Chase Haney issued a walk and an RBI single; and Flowers came on from center field to force a line out to end the inning.

In the ninth, Flowers hit the leadoff batter Baylen Sparks and Mark Townsend singled, but Flowers got the final two batters out to preserve the FSU lead and get FSU’s 13th straight win over Stetson in Dick Howser Stadium.

Salvatore led FSU with three hits; Koos and Arenas each had three hits for the Hatters.

OF NOTE

  • FSU’s win Tuesday was its 13th straight at home against Stetson. FSU has won 16 of 17 in the series overall.
  • Reese Albert hit in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career and hit his third home run of the season, and 10th of his career, to give FSU a 7-5 lead.
  • Mike Salvatore had been FSU’s leadoff hitter the first 38 games of 2019. He had three hits Tuesday and leads FSU with 50 on the year.
  • Mat Nelson hit his second home run in the second inning, giving FSU a 3-2 lead. He added his fourth double of the year in the seventh.
  • Nico Baldor extended his hitting streak to a team-high five games and hit his first career home run. On the season, 12 Seminoles have hit at least one home run.
  • FSU hit three home runs in a game for the fifth time this season.
  • Robby Martin singled to score Salvatore in the seventh inning, his team-high 37th RBI of the year.
  • Clayton Kwiatkowski struck out five batters Tuesday, tying his season high (at Miami).
  • Eight of FSU’s nine runs scored were with two outs; FSU stranded a season-low two runners on base.
  • FSU did not draw a walk Tuesday, the first time this season that has happened.
  • The win was FSU’s first of the season on a Tuesday (1-5).

UP NEXT

The Seminoles and Hatters will play Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Neither team has named a starting pitcher yet.

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