Hubbart on cruise control, FSU cranks out hits in rout of JMU

Bryce Hubbart was as dominant as he’s ever been in a Florida State uniform. The Seminoles’ bats also enjoyed their afternoon.

Hubbart recorded a career-best 13 strikeouts and FSU’s bullpen added six more strikeouts in a 13-2 win over James Madison on Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles now have 37 strikeouts in two games against JMU.

A redshirt sophomore left-hander, Hubbart tossed 75 pitches (56 strikes). He allowed just two hits, both singles, and no walks. Hubbart had 12 strikeouts in a May 2021 game against Troy.

“He really had the fastball riding,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “It’s hard to get on top of it. it was good to see him throw as many strikes as he did.”

The Seminoles (2-0) cranked out 16 hits, including seven doubles — and a no-doubt home run by FSU’s new cleanup hitter.

Alex Toral had a massive grand slam over the fence in right-enter field as part of a five-run fifth inning that broke the game wide open. Toral ranks third in the country with 38 career home runs.

Reese Albert also went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Logan Lacey went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs, while Jackson Greene went 2 for 3 with three runs scored.

UNC transfer Joe Charles had two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth inning.

Box score

The JMU-FSU box score can be viewed here.

Up next: FSU hosts James Madison

The Seminoles play the finale of the weekend series on Sunday at 1 p.m. against James Madison (live stream on ACC Network Extra).