Jacksonville, Fla. – In front of 8,041 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, No. 24 Florida State fell to No. 21 Florida 4-2 Tuesday evening.
The Seminoles got a quality start out of Jonah Scolaro as he went a career-high four innings. The lefty gave up just three hits and no earned runs on 65 pitches of work.
The Gators took the lead in the fifth inning as the leadoff runner reached via an error on Nander De Sedas. Austin Langworthy followed with a double down the left field line to break the deadlock and give UF a 1-0 advantage.
Florida starter Nolan Crisp retired 14 straight batters entering the sixth inning. FSU catcher Mat Nelson walked to leadoff the inning before Mike Salvatore gave the Seminoles the lead with an opposite field shot that cleared the short portion of the wall in right field.
Reese Albert and Drew Mendoza both followed with singles to put the pressure on the Gators. However, Elijah Cabell struck out and both Robby Martin and J.C. Flowers flew out to end the inning.
“We did a lot of things right, no excuses (on the loss), but I like the direction this ball club is heading,” Head Coach Mike Martin said.
“We hit a lot of balls hard, but right at people. That’s baseball, it’s how the game works sometimes.”
Florida re-took the lead in the 7th due to some poor fielding by the Seminoles. With two outs and a runner at first, an error on Mendoza kept the inning alive for UF.
The next batter hit a slow roller to second that Salvatore threw away, allowing the tying run to come around and score. Then the Gators scored two more with a double to center field giving them a 4-2 lead.
The final three innings of the contest, the Seminoles continued to get runners on, but struggled to get any around and in. The Noles put two on in the 7th with two outs, but Albert flew out to center to end the threat. In the 8th, again the Noles had a shot to do some damage as Cabell reached on a hit-by-pitch and Flowers reached on catcher’s interference with two outs. De Sedas then hit a screamer to right field that was caught on a line near the wall to end the inning.
FSU had one final chance in the 9th inning, as Alec Sanchez reached on an error with one out, bringing the tying run to the plate. But Salvatore lined out to center and Albert struck out to end the game.
Next up, Florida State hosts Boston College in a three-game set this weekend at Dick Howser Stadium. First pitch on Friday is at 6 p.m.
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