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Albert, Toral provide pop in FSU’s sweep of James Madison

Reese Albert’s return to the Florida State lineup again led quite the hit parade in a sweep of James Madison.

Albert went 3 for 3 with a double and three runs scored and Alex Toral had two doubles and three RBI in FSU’s 10-4 win over James Madison on Sunday afternoon. Albert went 7 for 9 on the weekend, while Toral hit .455 with nine RBI in the three-game series.

Logan Lacey smacked a three-run homer for FSU (3-0), which cranked out 14 hits and finished the weekend with 37 hits and scored 27 runs.

“Bats picked us up, had some good, competitive ABs (at-bats),” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “And then got a little sloppy late. Some things we got to get corrected. And we will. All in all it was a good weekend. Good to get some feet wet. Anytime you can do that it’s a productive opening weekend.”

Left-hander Ross Dunn struggled with his control and gave up four walks in just 2.1 innings as he made his debut in the No. 3 role. FSU went to the bullpen and used six relievers, with Jackson Nezuh (1.2 innings), Andrew Armstrong (1 inning), David Barrett (1 inning) and Wyatt Crowell (1 inning) tossing scoreless frames.

Nezuh picked up the win. He entered in relief, working out of a bases-loaded jam by allowing just a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the third inning. But Lacey’s blast broke the game open in the fourth.

The Seminoles recorded 46 strikeouts in the three-game series.

FSU’s pitchers also limited JMU star outfielder Chase DeLauter to .214 (3 for 14) on the weekend. DeLauter is viewed by a potential first-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Box score

The FSU – James Madison box score can be viewed here.

Up next – FSU at Jacksonville

FSU plays at Jacksonville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will stream live on ESPN+. FSU returns home for a three-game series on Feb. 25 against Samford.