TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State (13-1, 2-1 ACC) split a Saturday doubleheader with Virginia Tech (9-5, 1-2) and head coach Mike Martin won his 2,000th career game on the field at Dick Howser Stadium that bears his name. After getting shut out 6-0 in the opener, FSU won 5-2 in the nightcap for the historic win and a series victory against the Hokies.
It’s no coincidence that MM are the roman numerals for 2,000.
For the first time in the history of NCAA athletics, a head coach has reached 2,000 career wins.
Congratulations to our beloved head coach, Mike Martin. pic.twitter.com/c4BYcdUOaA
— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 9, 2019
In front of a crowd of 5,506 that was anxious to witness the milestone victory, Drew Mendoza broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning and J.C. Flowers sealed the win with an eighth inning home run and his second save of the year.
Game 2 – FSU 5, Va. Tech 2
Martin, the winningest coach in NCAA baseball history, earned his 2,000th career win as Florida State took the rubber match of the three-game set with a 5-2 victory on Saturday night thanks to timely hitting and another strong bullpen showing.
Jonah Scolaro was the first out of the pen and pitched a season high 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball in which he only allowed one baserunner. Chase Haney (2-0) earned the win with his perfect seventh inning, and Flowers picked up his second save of the season in a two-inning performance. Flowers, FSU’s starting centerfielder, also put the final notch on the scoreboard with a solo home run in the eighth inning, his second of the year.
After FSU was one-hit in Saturday’s opener, Cooper Swanson changed the tone of the day with a solo shot to deep right center in the first inning. The home run was his fifth home run of the season, tying the team-high. Drew Mendoza then got on base and was eventually brought around to score on a Flowers single up the middle, putting the score at 2-0 in favor of the Noles.
Shane Drohan notched his first six outs via strikeout, but was erratic and lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing a pair of runs on two hits and three walks. Drohan’s exit led the way for the bullpen, which allowed just two hits over 6.2 innings.
FSU added two more runs in the seventh as Nander De Sedas led off with a double, his second of the week, and was eventually brought around to score on a Mendoza single to right field that broke the tie. Elijah Cabell notched the other RBI of the inning with a deep sacrifice fly to center field that plated Tim Becker.
Game 1 – Va. Tech 6, FSU 0
Virginia Tech beat the Seminoles, 6-0, behind a dominant performance from starting pitcher Chris Gerard (1-0). Gerard held FSU to just one hit and walked three batters in seven innings, striking out 10 hitters. Florida State’s only hit of the game was a Drew Mendoza single in the seventh inning.
FSU starter CJ Van Eyk (3-1) lost his first career game, allowing four runs, four hits, walking six and striking out four in five innings. Van Eyk was 7-0 as a freshman in 2018.
Gerard retired 13 straight hitters between the second and sixth innings. FSU opened the seventh with a Cooper Swanson walk and Mendoza’s single, but both runners were stranded in scoring position.
The loss was FSU’s first of the season after opening the year 12-0.
Florida State faces rival Florida for the first of three games in 2019 Tuesday in Gainesville. The 6:30 p.m. game will air live nationwide on SEC Network.
The game will be FSU’s first road game of the season after having a pair of rainouts at Jacksonville and USF last month. Head coach Mike Martin announced following Saturday’s game that sophomore Conor Grady would get the start for FSU.
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