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FSU misses out on late chances in attempt to sweep UVa

Florida State spoiled a strong start by Conor Grady. A lack of hitting — especially with runners in scoring position in the last three innings — again led to a Seminoles loss.

Brendan Rivoli had an RBI double and RBI single as Virginia took an early lead and held off FSU 2-1 on Sunday, ending the Seminoles’ chances to sweep.

FSU had runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth but produced just a run on a bases-loaded walk. Virginia right-hander Stephen Schoch, who throws sidearm, allowed just one hit and had five strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

The Seminoles stranded 11 runners on base and hit 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

“We missed some opportunities,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “No question about it. Didn’t execute a couple different occasions. When we had to have contact we didn’t get it. We got to coach better.”

FSU (4-5, 2-4 ACC) had the bases loaded in the seventh and produced a run on Tyler Martin’s eight-pitch bases-loaded walk. But Vince Smith struck out to end the inning. 

The Seminoles had another big opportunity in the eighth. Robby Martin and pinch-hitter Nico Baldor walked and Reese Albert laid down a sac bunt toward third base. Zack Gelof’s throw toward second pulled second baseman Max Cotier off the bag and FSU had the bases loaded. But Casey Asman struck out, Nander de Sedas grounded into a fielder’s choice (out at home) and Jackson Greene struck out.

Tyler Martin had a one-out double in the ninth but Vince Smith struck out and Robby Martin grounded out to end the game.

The Seminoles struck out 15 times on Sunday and 44 in the three-game series vs. the Cavaliers. FSU now has 117 strikeouts in nine games (an average of 13 per game).

Grady (1-1) tossed seven innings, striking out nine and allowing five hits, no walks and two runs. But Grady had the Seminoles in position to fight for a sweep, throwing 96 pitches.

“It was beautiful,” Martin Jr. said. “Probably the best I’ve seen him since he’s been here. I love the fact that we were able to stretch him out a bit and get him to that 100-pitch mark, near it. … Three pitches for strikes. Beautiful baseball.”

Freshman left-hander Wyatt Crowell pitched two shutout innings of relief and had four strikeouts.

Martin Jr. said he isn’t sure when catcher Matheu Nelson and infielder Logan Lacey will be able to return to the field but indicated both could miss the midweek game.

Box score

The FSU-Virginia box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU will play host to South Florida on Tuesday at 4 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). Martin Jr. said freshman right-hander Carson Montgomery (0-1, 0.00 ERA) will start.

Season stats

FSU’s season stats through nine games can be viewed here.