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FSU blasts four HRs to knock off Stetson

After a loss to close out the series against Georgia Tech on Sunday, No. 15 Florida State (21-15) blasted its way to a 9-5 victory against Stetson (22-15) on Tuesday evening. 

The Seminoles launched four home runs on the day, one each by Matheu Nelson, Robby Martin, Elijah Cabell and Nander De Sedas. 

The Matheu Nelson show continued as programmed. Nelson exited the finale against the Yellow Jackets on Sunday in the sixth inning with a hand injury but, after receiving an MRI on Monday, looked to be mostly unaffected against Stetson on Tuesday.

The sophomore catcher hit his nation-leading 19th home run, which also increased his ACC-leading RBI total to 55. His home run extended a streak of four consecutive games with a home run. 

Nelson continues to have one of the best seasons in program history. You can read more on the specifics of just how good he is performing here.

Florida State gave up two runs to start the game after a shaky start from freshman Carson Montgomery. Montgomery hit the first batter he faced and his day did not get much better — giving up two runs on four hits while only facing 10 batters. 

Coach Mike Martin Jr. said postgame that Montgomery’s fastball wasn’t locating well and his curveball was hanging up in the zone, which prompted an early exit. Stetson was continuously making contact against the right-hander.

“Stetson is like they always are — well coached, they compete and it was a ballgame that we needed (to win),” Martin Jr. said. “We got off to a slow start, a sloppy start … Don’t be surprised to see Stetson in a regional.”

The Seminoles regained the lead in the bottom of the second off the bat of De Sedas, who hit his seventh home run of the season. De Sedas tied a career-high with three hits on Tuesday.

Right-hander Tyler Ahearn entered the game in the third to relieve Montgomery and had a nice redemption outing for Florida State. After giving up three runs on four hits his previous outing, Ahearn struck out four and only allowed a single hit in two innings on Tuesday as he earned his first win of the season.

The pitching staff finished with 15 strikeouts.

From there, the ’Noles led for the rest of the game, penciling in some personal achievements for multiple players. 

Junior outfielder Isaiah Perry started his first game as a Seminole and not only earned his first career extra-base hit in the fifth but earned his second extra base hit two innings later. Unfortunately for Perry, his night did not end on a good note, exiting the game after being struck by a pitch in the jaw. 

“He’s been progressing,” Martin Jr. noted. “He’s probably the hardest-working guy on the club. He’s going to be OK. He’s in good spirits.”

Elijah Cabell earned a new career-high with three hits, including his 10th home run of the season. 

Martin Jr. was pleased with Cabell as well, saying that the pitches he hit Tuesday were usually ones that he left “in the hands of the umpires.”

With all the offense on Tuesday, the Seminoles could easily have had more. FSU left 12 runners stranded on base, including multiple bases-loaded opportunities. 

INJURY UPDATE

Martin Jr. announced in his postgame press conference that outfielder Reese Albert was done for the season due to surgery on his knee. Albert has one year of eligibility remaining.

BOX SCORE

For the Stetson-FSU box score, click here.

UP NEXT

Florida State begins its weekend series against Troy at 6 p.m. on Friday. All three games will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

The ’Noles enter a weekend series against Troy that serves as a reprieve from ACC competition. However, the series is just as important for the Seminoles as the team continues to try and contend for a top spot in the conference.

With series wins against Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Boston College and Georgia Tech, Florida State still has meetings with Notre Dame and North Carolina State. Both teams are neck and neck with the Seminoles in contention for a top spot in the Atlantic division behind Louisville.