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FSU shreds Niagara, 24-4

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Florida State’s bats woke up a day late.

Carter Smith smacked a three-run homer, Tyrell Brewer went 2 for 4 with a three-run double while Elijah Cabell had a two-run double and a two-run single as the Seminoles throttled Niagara 24-4 on Saturday, giving Mike Martin Jr. his first win as FSU’s head coach.

Dylan Simmons also went 2 for 2 with an RBI double and an RBI single for the Seminoles (1-1), who ripped 14 hits. Cabell and Brewer each scored four runs, while Swanson had three runs.

A day after a 3-1 loss to Niagara, in which FSU did not have an extra-base hit, the Seminoles cranked out seven doubles.

“Absolutely, you have to flush,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “That’s baseball. It’s played every single day. The highs can’t be too high and the lows can’t be too low. … Learn and grow together. That’s our motto.”

Shane Drohan went just 3.2 innings, giving up three walks and tossing a wild pitch. While he gave up just two runs, one earned, it was a shorter outing than expected for a junior left-hander who had been working on his control and tempo in the offseason.

Parker Messick (1-0), Jack Anderson and Brandon Walker each tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Messick, a freshman left-hander, stood out to Martin Jr.

“That joker is going to be really, really good,” Martin Jr. said.

Coaches gave Martin Jr. the game ball from his first win, but the new head coach said he wasn’t keeping it – the ball will go back in the bucket to use on Sunday.

FSU’s game with Niagara (1-1) on Sunday has been moved up to 10 a.m. due to rain in the forecast. Junior right-hander Conor Grady will be on the mound. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.

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