After a tough extra-innings loss the previous night, No. 14 Florida State (8-3) was unable to split the series on Sunday, losing 4-3 to No. 3 Texas Tech (11-1).
The Seminoles (8-3) got off to yet another slow start at the plate, only being able to get on base either by generating walks or getting hit by pitches. Both Nander De Sedas and Robbie Martin had three walks during the game. For De Sedas, it was his career high. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 5th inning that the ’Noles bats put a ball in play.
Tyler Martin continued his hot streak at the plate, driving a single into left field, and Matheu Nelson got hit by a pitch for a second time that afternoon. This allowed Elijah Cabell to drive home three runs with his fourth home run of the season.
This proved to be the only significant offense that Florida State would be able to string together all game, as they ended the game with just those two hits – leaving eight runners on base. The Seminoles had a runner on base in each of the game’s first eight innings but failed to cash in on the opportunities.
“We did a couple of things that you can’t do,” coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “It’s not about how many hits you get it’s when it happens. We had a couple of situations where guys made bad decisions on whether to swing at a pitch or not … swinging at bad pitches when you have them on the ropes. Delivering that knock-out blow is what good teams do. We’ll get there.”
A huge problem for the ’Noles this season has been the infield defense, but the defense overall had a good outing. To their credit, the defense kept Florida State in the ballgame as the pitching staff was having an average day against a very good-hitting Texas Tech lineup.
Conor Grady went three innings and had what Martin Jr. described as an “uncharacteristic” performance.
De Sedas had a web-gem putout as he returned to playing shortstop after some outings at second base over the weekend. Logan Lacey forced a double play in his first start as a Seminole, making a running catch in right field and promptly throwing a perfect ball to Carter Smith at first base to complete the double play.
To look at the box score from Sunday’s game, click here.
The Seminoles have their first road game of the season in a one-off game against Mercer (11-0) on Tuesday before traveling to No. 14 Duke for the first ACC series of the season.