FSU lost to Troy 3-0 on a sunny, bright and warm afternoon in Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday to see the Seminoles’ record fall to 22-16.
Left-handed pitcher Bryce Hubbart (5-3) was nearly unhittable in 6.1 innings of work, giving up just two hits and striking out a career-high 12 batters.
“He doesn’t walk people,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “He’s very, very difficult to beat. He had a perfect game going. He was pitching beautiful. … Bryce absolutely gave us all he had.”
However, he could not get any help from the FSU lineup, which managed just five hits and left eight runners on base in the first six innings.
Troy broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth when Trojans DH Nic Nolan hit a home run off of Hubbart to take a 1-0 lead. Hubbart had been perfect, retiring the first 16 batters he faced to start the game.
The Trojans added a run in the top of the seventh to take a 2-0 lead. In the top of the ninth Troy scored its third run of the game after a wild pitch from Davis Hare got past catcher Matheu Nelson with a runner on third.
Troy starting pitcher Orlando Ortiz was equally as impressive as Hubbert. Ortiz allowed just five hits and three walks in six innings of work. Trojan pitchers gave up just six hits to FSU in the game while striking out nine Seminole batters.
“Ortiz pitched very well,” Martin Jr. said. “That change-up is real. It’s more of what we call a power change-up. He kept us in check.”
Hunter Perdue also performed well for FSU in relief of Hubbart, giving up just one hit, a double, in two innings of work. He struck out four of the eight batters he faced on the afternoon and didn’t allow a walk. For the game four FSU pitchers allowed just three hits by Troy while striking out 17 batters.
Left fielder Elijah Cabell and center fielder Logan Lacey led the way offensively for FSU, combining for four hits.
FSU coach Mike Martin Jr., was ejected in the bottom of the eighth for arguing a called strike against designated hitter Wyatt Crowell, which resulted in a strikeout for the second out of the inning with a runner in scoring position. It was the first time Martin Jr. had been ejected since taking over as head coach in 2020.
The Troy-FSU box score can be viewed here.
The final game of the series is set for Sunday at 1p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra).