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Notes: Robby Martin’s 100th RBI, Noles seek bounce-back

Florida State baseball is battling through a rough stretch, going just 1-4 in the span of eight days. Three of the losses — one apiece vs. Jacksonville, Louisville and Florida — were by one run. That’s not good for the Seminoles, who need to turn around their fortunes in one-run games and make a move to strengthen their resume to be able to host an NCAA Regional.

FSU (16-13, 11-10 ACC) plays host to Boston College (14-16, 4-14 ACC) in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. (all games this weekend will stream live on ACC Network Extra). Let’s take a look at some stats and notes on the Seminoles.

Robby Martin leads the team with a .330 batting average and also has six home runs and 32 RBI. He had his 100th career RBI in FSU’s loss at Florida on Tuesday. It’s worth reviewing his career totals as Martin has hit the 100-RBI mark in 108 games. His freshman season was quite impressive (54 RBI in 63 games) and he has 32 RBI in 28 games in 2021. The “RBI Martin” nickname is well-deserved.

Matheu Nelson is hitting .320 and leads the ACC in home runs (13) and RBI (39). Robby Martin is sixth in RBI in the league. 

Tyler Martin has struggled to get on base of late, seeing his on-base percentage slide to .466 (fifth in the ACC). Other parts of FSU’s lineup are struggling, too: Nander De Sedas, Reese Albert, Vince Smith and Jackson Greene are hitting below .200. Greene’s defense has been stellar with no errors.

BC’s Luke Gold is hitting .325 with eight home runs and leads the ACC with 12 doubles. Sal Frelick is hitting .360 with five home runs and 28 RBI. He has a .438 on-base percentage. In April, they have been swept by NC State and dropped two of three at Virginia Tech.

FSU ace left-hander Parker Messick is the ACC’s best in ERA in league games. Over the season, Messick is 2-2 with a 2.60 ERA and 69 strikeouts (with just 13 walks) in 45 innings. 

The Seminoles will maintain their weekend rotation with LHP Bryce Hubbart (3-2, 4.68 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Conor Grady (4-1, 3.60 ERA) on Sunday. Rain in the forecast Saturday could impact the schedule.

RHP Jack Anderson is pushing for another start. FSU’s pitching was at its best in Gainesville, recording 13 strikeouts and allowing just four hits, and Anderson tossed two shutout innings with just one hit and four strikeouts.

BC will start three right-handers: Joe Mancini (1-0, 9.16 ERA) on Friday, Emmet Sheehan (3-2, 4.66 ERA) on Saturday and Alex Stiegler (1-2, 5.54 ERA) on Sunday.