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FSU’s bats stay hot, win series against Niagara

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Saturday’s offensive explosion for the Seminoles carried over to the rubber match late Sunday morning.

Florida State took the lead early on a drizzly, dreary day by rattling off 10 of their 11 runs in the first three innings against the Purple Eagles (1-2) en route to an 11-1 win at Dick Howser Stadium.

Robby Martin smacked a two-run double into right center and he totaled three RBIs, going 2 for 4 in the ballgame. Tyler Martin, Jackson Greene and Nander De Sedas also had two RBIs apiece. 

The Seminoles found themselves on base frequently, generating eight walks and being hit by pitches four times. The ’Noles also had 11 hits, three of them for extra bases. 

Defense continues to be an issue for Florida State, however, as they committed three errors – bringing the season total to six. This continues to be a reoccurring problem from the 2019 season in which the team had 83 errors and a below average fielding percentage.

FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. admits that it’s an area of focus and it will continue to be one.

“It’s going to be like the biggest focus the whole year,” he said. “We are going to get guys in the right spots and do everything we can. The pitching is not going to be the pitching it is if you can’t defend.”

Conor Grady had a good morning on the bump, giving a performance that Martin Jr. referred to as, “Classic Conor.” The junior right-hander recorded seven strikeouts, no walks and only relinquished two hits in five shutout innings of works.

He was replaced by Chase Haney in the 6th inning, who struck out the side. Bryce Hubbart, Tyler Ahearn and Davis Hare all contributed one inning of relief. All in all, the Seminoles had 15 strikeouts en route to closing out the series against Niagara. 

Despite not having the start that the team wanted on Friday, Martin Jr. liked how the team looked and more importantly how they interacted with each other.

“Well, they like each other – which is important,” Martin Jr. said. “That first weekend is telling, and they genuinely care about each another. I like the group but we have a long way to go.”

After dropping Friday’s season opener, FSU outscored the Purple Eagles 35-5 in the final two games.

The Seminoles will next take on USF on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). Sophomore right-hander Jack Anderson was named the starter during Martin Jr.’s post-game presser, but noted that things can change.

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