Newcomers make early contributions

There were several standout freshmen and transfers who put together good outings for the Florida State baseball team against Niagara in their first weekend as Seminoles.

Catcher/pitcher Doug Kirkland made his first appearance on the mound in Saturday’s win, and singled in his first career at-bat Sunday.  

Designated hitter/pitcher Dylan Simmons led Florida State at the plate against Niagara, hitting .667 with 3 RBI and four total hits. He reached base in all three of his plate appearances in his FSU debut Saturday (single, double, walk), reached safely in his first two plate appearances on Sunday (single, walk) and added his second double of the season in the eighth inning.  

Along with Kirkland and Simmons (1.0 IP, two strikeouts), Parker Messick (1.0 IP, one strikeout) and Brandon Walker (1.0 IP, one strikeout) made their first career appearances on the rubber. Messick earned the win in Saturday’s 24-4 victory.

Utility man Tyrell Brewer recorded two hits with three RBI and four walks on the weekend.   

Designated hitter/infielder Tyler Martin hit .429 four RBIs, knocked three hits and scored three runs – including the Seminoles lone run in Friday’s loss. 

Along with the younger Noles, junior infielder Jackson Greene, a transfer from Wallace Community College, hit .364 with four RBI and walked twice as the starting second baseman in all three games.

Sophomore right-hander Jack Anderson will pitch for FSU on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against visiting South Florida. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra. Florida State holds the all-time series advantage against South Florida, 72-16, including winning 16 of their last 17 meetings dating back to 1989. 

FSU will play host to Cincinnati in a three-game series that begins on Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.

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