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Rank has four RBI as Noles back Hubbart, take series from Cards

Florida State is putting an ugly, midseason slump in the rearview mirror with an impressive stretch of three victories in four days.

Bryce Hubbart threw 5.2 innings, scattering five hits and allowing an earned run, and FSU routed Louisville 9-4 on Friday. Hubbart (6-1) had six strikeouts and two walks, tossing 92 pitches (60 strikes). 

The Seminoles (21-13, 9-8 ACC) bounced back from series losses to Notre Dame and at Georgia Tech with a series win over Louisville, with a chance to go for the sweep on Saturday. FSU has now won seven of nine weekend series.

Treyton Rank went 4 for 4 with a three-run triple in the first inning and an RBI single in the third inning. FSU again put up a big inning early, scoring five in the first and never looked back.

Alex Toral hit his 11th home run of the season, and third in the last three games, in the sixth inning.

Ben Metzinger had an RBI double for Louisville (24-10, 9-5), which continues to see its lead in the ACC Atlantic trimmed down (Wake Forest is 9-7 after Friday’s loss). But the Cardinals’ pitchers were wild, issuing seven walks and hitting five FSU batters. Jaime Ferrer was plunked twice.

Davis Hare threw 1.1 shutout innings, while Conner Whittaker had two strikeouts in a shutout inning. Louisville pushed three runs across in the ninth, which were credited to Dylan Jacobs.

Box score: FSU 9, Louisville 4

The FSU – Louisville box score can be viewed here.

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FSU will go for the sweep on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra).