GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 16 Florida State (11-5) handed No. 1 Florida (16-1) its first loss of the season Tuesday, topping the Gators 2-0 in the final match-up at McKethan Stadium. Senior Antonio Velez (1-0) allowed just one hit with career-highs in innings pitched (6.0) and strikeouts (7).
Relief pitcher Parker Messick threw the final three innings, also notching seven strikeouts, for his first career save.
The Gators were the last remaining unbeaten team in the country.
The Seminoles scored a run in the first inning on a Reese Albert single and in the eighth inning on Nander De Sedas’s sacrifice fly. Dylan Simmons led the FSU offense with a career-high three hits.
Robby Martin and Mat Nelson each had a pair of hits, and Tyler Martin drew both of Florida State’s walks. The Seminoles were hit by three pitches.
Tyler Martin scored in the first inning after drawing a walk, moving to second on Robby Martin’s single and scoring on Albert’s two-out double. Florida starting pitcher Nick Pogue (1-1) threw three innings, allowing four hits and a run with five strikeouts.
Robby Martin started in right field and robbed a would-be Kirby McMullen home run to end the first inning. McMullen had the Gators’ first hit, a double in the fourth inning off Velez. The next Gator batter to reach second base was in the eighth inning when Kendrick Calilao singled and advanced on a wild pitch.
Messick closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning, striking out pinch hitter Kris Armstrong to end the game.
The win improved Florida State to 129-121-1 in the all-time series. It was the first game in the series as a head coach for Mike Martin, Jr., after serving as a Seminole assistant coach for the past 22 seasons.
Florida State is back in Tallahassee Wednesday to host Illinois State at 6 p.m.
Fans can watch the game on ACC Network, listen on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM or nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
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