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Van Eyk, FSU take Game 1 from FAU

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Florida State again made the most of the few hits generated against an opponent’s ace. Then the Seminoles pulled away against the bullpen.

As it turned out, the Seminoles didn’t need all that much offensive production.

Tyler Martin generated a bases-loaded walk in the sixth and then Matheu Nelson followed with a two-run, bloop single as FSU pushed across three runs en route to a 5-1 win on Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.

Nelson went 2 for 3, producing half of the Seminoles’ four hits.

Three FSU pitchers combined on the one-hitter. Junior right-hander CJ Van Eyk (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing just one hit and an earned run with eight strikeouts. He did walk five batters, contributing to a high pitch count of 97 (57 strikes).

Van Eyk jammed his right thumb making a tag on a runner down the first-base line early in the game, causing some control issues.

“The whole thing is building up … Now he’s on track,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said of Van Eyk ramping up his pitch count in what was his third start of 2020.

Chase Haney tossed a scoreless seventh (with two strikeouts), while Antonio Velez pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth and ninth. FSU struck out 12 FAU batters, reaching double-digits for the eighth time in eight games this season.

Francisco Urbaez had FAU’s lone hit, a single, in the fifth inning. The Owls (7-2) also lost to Texas Tech 7-1 earlier on Friday.

FSU (7-1) pushed across a run without a hit in the third inning. The Seminoles were held without a hit through 3.1 innings before breaking through in the fourth on Dylan Simmons’ single.

Martin continues to be a spark, drawing two walks from the leadoff spot on Friday. While he went 0 for 1 from the plate he scored a run and his batting average is .389.

Elijah Cabell was hit by a pitch twice on the night, increasing his total to 10 in eight games.

FSU will play FAU on Saturday at 2 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). Freshman left-hander Bryce Hubbart will be on the mound for the Seminoles. FSU will also play Texas Tech at 6 p.m., with junior right-hander Conor Grady on the mound.

“It’s neat, it’s a good environment for the fans,” Martin Jr. said. “I’m glad that we agreed to doing it. We got to get better. The only way you’re going to do that is playing. The more you play the better you play.”

View Friday night’s box score in PDF format here.

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