TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Bryce Hubbart struck out 12 batters and allowed just two hits Saturday, but No. 20 Florida State (22-16) could not get the bats going in a 3-0 loss to Troy (21-20) at Dick Howser Stadium. Nic Nolan’s solo home run in the sixth inning broke up Hubbart’s perfect game and proved to be the winning run.
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Hubbart (5-3) struck out two batters in each of the first five innings and one each in the sixth and seventh. A leadoff double in the seventh inning, followed by a balk and strikeout, ended Hubbart’s day.
Logan Cerny scored on an error to double the score against Hunter Perdue in the seventh. Troy’s third run came in the ninth inning after Cerny doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.
FSU’s 17 strikeouts without a walk were one shy of the school-record 18 strikeouts without a free pass.
The Seminoles had multiple chances to get on the scoreboard against Orlando Ortiz (4-4), but left eight runners on base over six innings against the Troy right-hander. In the third inning, Ortiz hit a batter and walked two more, but Robby Martin lofted a high fly to the left field wall that was caught by Rigsby Mosley.
FSU left 10 runners on base Saturday. Before a 1-2-3 ninth inning against Marquez Oates, who picked up his fourth save of the year, the only innings that FSU did not strand a baserunner were inning-ending double plays in the first and seventh innings.
Elijah Cabell and Logan Lacey each had two hits for the Seminoles. Cabell is hitting 7-for-11 during his four-game hitting streak.
Sunday’s rubber match between Florida State and Troy is set for 1:00 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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