Conor Grady has looked good on Sundays quite often in his Florida State career. On Sunday he was as close to gold as ever.
The redshirt junior tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and had a season-high 10 strikeouts in FSU’s 8-0 win over North Carolina on Sunday.
“It was just a work of art,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “He rarely missed a spot. Slider, change-up, whatever he wanted to. Reminded me of a Greg Maddux. Like a surgeon out there.”
Grady retired 16 straight hitters to wrap up a series win for the Seminoles (15-9, 10-8 ACC). He now has 42 strikeouts and has allowed nine walks in 35 innings this season.
“I had a lot more control of my fastball today,” Grady said. “The Virginia game I was working off my off speeds. Today I was just throwing a lot more fastballs than I usually do and I think it worked it my favor.”
FSU has now won ACC series against UNC, Miami, Virginia Tech and Virginia.
Elijah Cabell had a three-run homer — his fifth home run in six games — as the Seminoles scored four runs in the first to take control early.
“He’s crazy strong,” Martin Jr. said of Cabell. “He’s only going to get better.”
Matheu Nelson also had a two-run double, while Vince Smith had an RBI double. Tyler Martin went 0 for 2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored, the 37th time in 38 career starts he has reached base safely.
FSU batters drew 10 walks and struck out nine times.
Grady and three relievers helped the Seminoles to their third shutout this season.
The Tar Heels drop to 14-12, 9-9.
The FSU-UNC box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play host to Jacksonville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). Right-hander Carson Montgomery will get the start.
The Seminoles play at Louisville in a three-game series beginning on Friday.