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Noles sweep doubleheader from JU

The Florida State Seminoles (30-17, 13-11 ACC) defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins (24-23, 10-14 ASUN) in both games of their double header on Tuesday. 

The Seminoles were 1-4 against the Dolphins in their last five games leading up to Tuesday, but they were able to best them in both seven-inning contests.

After another wild start from Ross Dunn, who was making his first start since April 16, Jonah Scolaro came in and pitched 4.1 flawless innings to help Florida State to a 2-1 victory in game 1. The Seminoles also took aa 5-4 win in game 2.

“His change-up has made him (Scolaro) a different guy,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Jonah is a tough at-bat. He can throw four different pitches for strikes and field his position with composure. Right-hander or left-hander, we don’t worry about it when he is out there.”

Wyatt Crowell also contributed an inning of work to earn his first career save. James Tibbs had a two-run double to right field to drive in the Seminoles’ only runs in Game 1. Tibbs had reached base safely in 19 straight games — a streak that was broken in Game 2. 

In Game 2, the Seminoles opened up the scoring with a five-run third inning. Brock Mathis hit a two-run ground rule double to put the Noles on the board. Jackson Greene followed with a sacrifice bunt that scored Jaime Ferrer, Mathis scored on a wild pitch and Greene scored on a sac fly by Logan Lacy to put the Noles well in the lead.

Jackson Baumeister earned his first career start in Game 2 and threw 3.2 innings while striking out five batters. Baumeister only relinquished three hits and a single run off a bases loaded hit-by-pitch. 

“He gave us exactly what we needed,” Martin Jr. said. “We were a little bit thin going into game two and he came out firing strikes and landing change-ups. I was really pumped for him. His first start of his career was very encouraging.” 

Jacksonville did not go down easy in Game 2. In both the 6th and 7th inning, the Dolphins had the bases loaded against right-hander Davis Hare. They were robbed of a game tying grand slam by James Tibbs, who crashed into the wall in left field to steal the home run.

Hare and Florida State quickly got themselves into the same situation in the 7th inning but were not so lucky this time, relinquishing three runs on a single by Jacksonville third-baseman Jackson Grabsky and a throwing error by Treyton Rank in center. The Seminoles were able to get the final out the next at-bat and win the second game 5-4. 

“It was sloppy towards the end, nobody’s fault but my own,” Martin Jr. said. “We hadn’t been over it enough. But those guys are good. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day.”

Midweek games have been a little more of a toss up than Florida State would have liked them to be this season. Up until Tuesday, the Seminoles were 6-4 in games on Tuesdays or Wednesdays — not to mention three additional games that were postponed or canceled.

That statline is not horrible when you consider some of the competition they have faced, but some of Florida State’s worst losses this season have come from midweek games coming off a dominant weekend series. Although not perfect, the Seminoles got a monkey off their back by beating a team that has routinely and recently shown that they can beat FSU at any time and at the very least keep it very close.

“When you think to postseasons of the past, they are always generally close games,” Martin Jr. said. “The ones that are battle tested and have had those will find a way to win in the moment. We’ve had clubs that got off to unbelievable starts and never played close games, so it’s good to have them and it’s good to get W’s.”

Box scores

The game 1 box score can be viewed here. The game 2 box score can be viewed here.

Up next

Florida State hosts No. 6 Miami in a three-game series beginning on Friday (7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra).