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Notes: FSU baseball slides in polls

Florida State slid from No. 5 to No. 13 in the Baseball America poll and from No. 5 to No. 20 in the D1baseball.com poll. Both were released on Monday morning.

The Seminoles are coming off an 0-4 week that included losses to ranked teams Florida and Notre Dame. It was the first time the Seminoles suffered a weekend series loss let alone a sweep.

Struggles in big moments

Florida State has lost five straight games and one of the big reasons why is the Seminoles have not been able to generate hits with runners on or with runners in scoring position. In Tuesday’s loss to Florida, FSU hit just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. On Friday, it was 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. And on Sunday, while it was significantly better, the Seminoles hit 7 for 26 with runners in scoring position.

“Yes, that’s always the key to ballgames is hitting with runners in scoring position,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Two-out hits especially, that demoralizes the club. It breaks your spirit when you get to two outs and somebody gets a two-out knock. … We got a couple. All in all, when it’s going good it’s going good. When it’s not, it’s not. Yes, we got to keep plugging away. We got to be 1 through 9 (as) tough outs. And it’s going to come.”

Up next: Jacksonville at FSU

Next up for FSU is a home game on Tuesday against Jacksonville (7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra). Sophomore right-hander Carson Montgomery (3-1, 3.82 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 13 walks in 30.2 innings) is on the mound for the Seminoles.

2022 stats

FSU’s 2022 stats can be viewed here.