Florida State enjoyed one of its best weeks in the regular season. Perhaps in program history.
Logan Lacey and Robby Martin hit home runs and Lacey was a triple short of the cycle as the Seminoles routed No. 6 Miami 12-0 on Sunday, completing the series sweep in Coral Gables for the first time in nearly 20 years. It also followed up a dominating midweek win over Florida.
“That was a four-game stretch that was much-needed,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “I don’t think I’ve seen a group play better. We try to stress the fact that we’re playing a game and we’re not playing an opponent. But anytime you can take care of your rivals, that’s what it’s all about.”
FSU outscored Miami 34-2 on the weekend. Conor Grady (3-1) picked up the win.
The Seminoles (10-6, 7-5 ACC) have won five straight games, all against top 20 opponents. FSU is 8-2 against ranked teams this season.
The series win was FSU’s first sweep of Miami since 2012 and the first at Miami since 2002.
On Sunday, Logan Lacey finished a triple shy of the cycle and was replaced in the fourth inning with an undisclosed injury. He doubled in the first inning and scored on Robby Martin’s single. The duo hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning for a 3-0 lead before FSU posted a seven-spot in the fourth inning, punctuated by Mat Nelson’s team-high seventh home run and fourth in the past five games.
FSU tacked on a run in the fifth inning on Nander De Sedas’s second home run of the year. Tyler Martin’s single in the seventh provided the final margin.
Grady was stellar on the mound, striking out seven batters and allowing just one walk in 5.0 innings. He improved to 3-1 on the year and leads FSU with 18 career victories.
Jonah Scolaro, Brandon Walker, Hunter Perdue and Davis Hare each pitched a scoreless inning, allowing two hits and striking out five.
For the series, Robby Martin hit 8-for-15 with three doubles and a home run; Nelson hit 6-for-12 with a double and two home runs; and Lacey hit 6-for-14 with two doubles and a home run. Robby Martin and Nelson combined for 14 hits, one more than Miami mustered in 27 innings.
The Hurricanes struck out 34 times and drew just six walks against the FSU pitching staff. Grady, Parker Messick and Bryce Hubbart led FSU to a 0.67 earned run average and the Hurricanes hit just .140 in the series. FSU hit .328 as a team.
Also significant in the series was FSU’s perfect defense, not recording an error all weekend. In comparison, Miami had eight that led to 10 unearned runs.
“That’s what you have to do, you have to smother teams with defense,” Martin Jr. said.
For the FSU-Miami box score, click here.
FSU will play host to UCF on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (ACC Network).