After a four-hour weather delay, Florida State Baseball had a sloppy day of baseball that resulted in the Seminoles losing their first series of the season at the hands of Notre Dame.
It was a three-run seventh inning that propelled the Seminoles (16-10, 6-5 ACC) into the lead after trailing 2-1 for most of the ballgame. After Tyler Martin’s RBI single, Colton Vincent hit a two-out single that scored Martin and Jaime Ferrer. Unfortunately for Florida State, they were unable to hold it.
The Fighting Irish (15-5, 4-4 ACC) were able to get a run back in the eighth and were able to find two more in the 9th to spoil the would-be come from behind victory, defeating the Seminoles 5-4.
“I was pleased with the fight,” Coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “We didn’t get off to a good start. Walks, hit by pitches — we got to clean that up. Our guy’s stuff is too good to do that. Again, we have a lot of things to work and get better at. That’s a good club; Hats off to Link (Jarrett) and his club. We’ve got to be ready to go tomorrow.”
It was a hit-by-pitch and a misplayed foul ball leading to a walk that put runners on the basepaths for Notre Dame. Second baseman Jared Miller hit a single to second base against the shift to score both runners after the throw home was over the head of Vincent. Florida State got bit by the shift for the second time this week.
“The numbers don’t lie. Link and I talked about it today,” Martin Jr. said. “You’ve got to do it. If the pitch is made, 90 percent (of the time) we know where that thing is going. Slider was up and out and he hit it to the right of second base.”
Before their spurt of offense in the seventh inning, it was a struggle for Florida State in all facets of the game. Balks, multiple batters hit by pitches, errors and poor pitch selection leaving runners on base and in scoring position.
Notre Dame didn’t have a clean evening on the mound either, with wild pitches and walks being the predominant issues that kept Florida State knocking on the door. The Irish had seven walks allowed on the day.
Bryce Hubbart had another outing in which his swing-and-miss stuff was seemingly absent. The Irish had him dialed in and he only lasted 3.1 innings before being pulled. Martin Jr. said that Hubbart is a non-concern moving forward and that he has just had a few weird outings.
Freshman Jackson Baumeister entered for Hubbart in the fourth inning and worked nearly four flawless innings to buy time for Florida State. Baumeister ended with five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
“His breaking ball was landing and he landed some change-ups today,” Martin Jr. said. “That’s what he’s got to do. I don’t care how hard that fastball is unless it’s around 100. You’ve got to make sure that you can throw it for strikes and locate. I was very proud of him.”
Wyatt Crowell, Davis Hare and Jonah Scolaro all appeared to attempt to close out the final two innings with the latter being recorded for the loss.
Both Martin Jr. and Jarrett went deep into their benches on Saturday and delivered a game that, as foreshadowed, was more like a game of chess between two old friends than a baseball game between rivals. Between the two clubs, 22 substitutions were made (including pitchers and batters).
“You’re always thinking, ‘What are they going to do if we do this?’ And he (Jarrett) is thinking the same thing. It’s that Saturday game,” Martin Jr. said. “There are a lot of guys that throw their best guy on Saturday to go up 2-0 or even the series. We knew what we were getting into. We’ve got to get ready to go tomorrow.”
The FSU – Notre Dame box score can be viewed here.
The FSU – Notre Dame series will wrap up Sunday at 1 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). Left-hander Ross Dunn will be on the mound for the Seminoles.