Noles play home run derby in rout of Va. Tech

Robby Martin hit a grand slam — one of four Florida State home runs — as the Seminoles routed Virginia Tech 14-7 on Sunday afternoon to take the series.

Parker Messick hit a home run in his first college at-bat as he was the designated hitter following his start on Friday night. Matheu Nelson hit a three-run homer and Nander de Sedas hit a two-run homer.

“I’ve been hitting BP the last week,” Messick said. “I was shaking a little bit that first at-bat but when I hit it I was actually sprinting around the bases. I didn’t know to jog.”

The Seminoles (6-6, 4-5 ACC) cranked out a season-high 18 hits. Tyler Martin went 5 for 6 with two doubles and a career-best four runs scored, Messick went 3 for 5 and De Sedas went 3 for 5.

FSU’s lineup only struck out seven times. By comparison, the Seminoles struck out 15 times on Friday and 10 times on Saturday.

FSU has now won back-to-back ACC series, including last week’s over Virginia in Tallahassee, following a series sweep at home vs. Pittsburgh.

Conor Grady (2-1) threw five innings, allowing three runs, scattering five hits and recording four strikeouts. Grady and five relievers combined to strike out 10 Hokies.

“It was exactly what we needed,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Anytime you can get a quality start and a lead it’s pretty significant.”

Martin Jr. said Reese Albert suffered a concussion when he hit the outfield wall in Sunday’s game and will be “out for a bit.”

Virginia Tech fell to 9-5, 5-4.


The FSU-VT box score can be viewed here.


FSU will play host to Florida on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (live on ACC Network). Freshman right-hander Carson Montgomery is expected to get the start.

The Seminoles will play at Miami in a three-game series beginning on Friday.