Florida State suffered its first weekend series loss on Saturday and on Sunday endured its first sweep of 2022 — at the hands of Notre Dame and a former Nole in Irish coach Link Jarrett.
Ryan Cole hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Notre Dame didn’t let up in a 9-7 win over FSU, which has lost five straight games.
“I told them that we lost, in 1999, we lost six in a row and played for the national championship,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “I ain’t saying we’re going to play for the national championship but there’s nothing wrong with our club. This game is jacked up. It’s the most beautiful game ever invented. It will humble you. But it teaches you about life.”
The Seminoles (16-11, 6-6 ACC) managed 11 hits but didn’t have an extra-base hit until James Tibbs’ pinch-hit RBI double in the eighth. Logan Lacey had three hits and Colton Vincent went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Tyler Martin went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, and the designated hitter is now hitting .333 after his first full weekend back from a shoulder injury.
But FSU struggled with runners on (7 for 26) and runners in scoring position (5 for 18). The Seminoles left nine runners on base.
Ross Dunn gave up six earned runs on five hits in five innings. He had seven strikeouts and gave up two walks. Conner Whittaker tossed two shutout innings.
Cole went 3 for 3 with there runs scored for Notre Dame (16-5, 5-4).
“That’s an Omaha team,” Martin Jr. said. “They’re talented. They’re well-coached.”
The FSU – Notre Dame box score can be viewed here.
FSU plays host to Jacksonville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra). The Seminoles also play host to Stetson on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ACC Network Extra).