Pitching. Defense. Timely hitting. Florida State got everything it needed to complete a series win over the ACC’s top team.
Conor Grady tossed five shutout innings, Nico Baldor had three doubles and four RBI and the Seminoles didn’t commit an error in a 7-1 win over No. 2 Notre Dame in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
FSU (25-17, 17-13 ACC) has now won seven ACC series this season, but this is the most notable as Notre Dame is a top 10 team in Baseball America and D1baseball.com rankings. This was Notre Dame’s first ACC series loss of 2021. And it’s a lasting impression with 20 regional host sites to be announced next week, helping the Seminoles’ argument that it should be under consideration for what will ultimately be 16 sites.
Baldor was 1 for 10 coming into Saturday’s doubleheader. He started in center field in the final game of the series, going 2 for 3 with a two-run double in the fourth inning, an RBI double in the seventh, and an RBI double in the ninth. He added a walk and a hit by pitch. Baldor had 16 career RBI coming into Saturday.
Nander De Sedas also had an RBI double in the second. FSU added a pair of runs in the sixth as Tyler Martin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Logan Lacey drew a bases-loaded walk.
Grady (5-2), Davis Hare, Wyatt Crowell and Hunter Perdue worked their way out of trouble with minimal damage and made sure Notre Dame went back to the bench frustrated after stranding 10 runners on base.
Notre Dame fell to 25-10, 22-10.
For the game 2 box score, click here.
Saturday Game 1: Notre Dame 5, FSU 3
All three of Florida State’s runs came over the final two innings. Tyler Martin led the Seminoles with four hits, including a two-run single in the ninth inning. Mat Nelson reached base three times and his RBI double in the eighth inning scored Martin and got the Seminoles on the board.
Bryce Hubbart (5-4) allowed a pair of runs in five innings, with five strikeouts. Notre Dame scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Jack Brannigan, who earned the save, hit a three-run home run off Chase Haney in the sixth inning for a 4-0 lead. Niko Kavadas added an RBI single seventh inning before FSU scored three late runs.
In the fifth inning, Notre Dame had runners on second and third with one out and a 1-0 lead. Ryan Cole attempted the suicide squeeze bunt, but missed and Nelson was able to tag the runner attempting to score from third and throw to Jackson Greene at second base for the inning-ending double play. Nelson has now thrown out 15 of 28 attempted base stealers this season.
For the game 1 box score, click here.
FSU plays host to Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday (6 p.m.) and Wednesday (2 p.m.).