By Ariya Massoudi, Seminoles.com
OMAHA, Neb. – Florida State saw its season, and the Mike Martin era, come to an end on Wednesday night falling to Texas Tech 4-1 in a College World Series elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park. The Seminoles got another strong outing from its pitchers, but the offense managed just three hits for the second straight game.
“This was a remarkable run, almost unbelievable,” Martin said smiling as he reminisced after the game. “What these guys accomplished and where we were in May, I’m so proud of them.”
For Florida State, Conor Grady (9-6) allowed just two runs in five innings, striking out four. Texas Tech’s Bryce Bonnin (7-1) surrendered two hits and an unearned run, while reliever Taylor Floyd struck out eight in four relief innings.
The Red Raiders struck first in the top of the 4th inning as a walk and a pair of singles gave TTU a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Robby Martin walked and Matheu Nelson was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Both runners advanced on a sac bunt by Carter Smith. With one out, an errant pick-off attempt at second allowed Martin to score to tie the game at 1-1.
In the 6th inning, the Red Raiders re-took the lead as Brian Klein hit a home run to right-center field off Grady for a 2-1 lead.
Grady was strong in five innings of work giving up six hits and two earned runs. The sophomore walked two and struck out four batters on 81 pitches of work.
The Noles could never find the big hit, finishing 0-for-18 with runners on base and 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Chase Haney, Antonio Velez and Jonah Scolaro combined to pitch four innings without allowing a hit and issued just two walks in relief. Closer J.C. Flowers gave up a pair of runs in the eighth inning.
“I hope the guys don’t feel down because of a tough week,” Martin said. “I saw bunch of guys grow up in front of my eyes. There are a lot of teams who wish their season could end in Omaha.”
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