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FSU beats FAU 16-6 in opener of split doubleheader

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FSU, ranked 14th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, won the opener of a split doubleheader against FAU 16-6 to improve to 8-1 on the season. It was the Seminoles second win over the Owls, now 7-3, in as many days.

Robby Martin went 3 for 5 with four RBI, while Tyler Martin, Jackson Greene, Carter Smith and Nander de Sedas had two hits apiece as the Seminoles cranked out 14 hits. Tyler Martin had a double and a triple, scoring three runs.

FSU will face third-ranked Texas Tech in the second game this evening, the Seminoles fell behind early with FAU taking a 2-0 lead when two of its first three batters hit solo home runs, both flying over the right-field fence.

Owls leadoff batter, second baseman Francisco Urbaez, left the yard on the game’s first at bat. That was followed two batters later by another bomb off the bat of right fielder Bobby Morgenson.

FSU starting pitcher Bryce Hubbart struggled with his command, allowing three runs, two of them earned, in 1.1 innings worth of work. An error by shortstop Jackson Greene in the second inning led to the Owls taking a 3-0 lead.

The Seminoles rallied in the fourth when it sent twelve batters to the plate and scored six runs. The inning started with a double by right fielder Robby Martin who scored two batters later on a single by third baseman Carter Smith. Smith then scored after catcher Doug Kirkland doubled to left center field. Freshman DH Tyler Martin then tripled to the right field corner, which allowed Kirkland to cross the plate to tie the score at 3-3.

Tyler Martin then scored to make it 4-3 on an errant throw by FAU catcher by Alex Arauz ended up left field attempting to pick Martin off of third base. FSU expanded the lead to 6-3 when a line drive single by Robby Martin brought in two more runs after the Seminoles loaded the bases on a single by Greene and left field Elijah Cabell was hit by a pitch.  

FSU added another run in the fifth when Smith doubled to lead off the inning and was driven on a double high off the right field wall by Tyler Martin to make the score 7-3.

FAU got an unearned run across the plate in the sixth to make it 7-4 after another fielding error by second baseman Nander De Sedas allowed a runner to move into scoring position instead of turning a double play.

Relief pitcher Jack Anderson was impressive in shutting down the Owls offense and allowing FSU to fight its way back to the lead. Anderson allowed just two hits and recorded four strikeouts in 4.2 innings worth of work in which he faced 17 batters.

FSU relief pitcher Jack Anderson winds up against FAU this afternoon (Photo by Pat Burnham)

FSU gave up another run in the seventh when Clayton Kwiatkowski replaced Anderson on the mound. The senior gave up three straight singles after retiring the lead off batter to start the inning. Arauz then drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to cut the FSU lead to 7-5. Junior Tyler Ahern replaced Kwiatkowski to stop FAU’s bases-loaded rally with ground to second base to record the final out of the inning.

The Seminoles added three more runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh to take a 10-5 lead. Greene’s two-run single highlighted the inning for FSU.

FAU added a run in the eighth to close the gap to four runs but FSU answered with six runs in their half of the eighth which was highlighted by a home run by first baseman Cooper Swanson to lead off the inning and two more RBI by Robby Martin who led all batters with three hits and four RBI.

Anderson was credited with his first win of the season and has given up just five hits in 7.2 inning pitched this season and now has a 1.17 ERA for the year. Offensively, FSU totaled 14 hits and 15 RBI as a team.

The FSU-FAU box score can be viewed here in PDF format.

The first pitch for the Texas Tech game is scheduled for 6:32 pm.