FSU shuts out Florida for rivalry win

Mike Martin Jr. coaches from the third-base coaches box during the Oxford Regional.
Mike Martin Jr. coaches from the third-base coaches box during the Oxford Regional.(Ryan Kelly | WCTV)
Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 12:57 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Noles247) - Florida State (19-13) shut out Florida (21-12) for a 5-0 victory on Tuesday night. Jonah Scolaro (3.1 IP, season-high 5 Ks), Conner Whittaker (career-high 3.2 IP, 5 Ks), Wyatt Crowell (perfect eighth), and Davis Hare (perfect ninth) combined for FSU’s third shutout of the season. The Gators produced just two hits as they were shut out for the first time this season. Alex Toral (two-run HR) and Brock Mathis (solo HR) led an early offensive outburst as the Seminoles scored a season-high five first-inning runs. The Seminoles didn’t commit an error in the field. Mike Martin Jr. is now 3-2 against the Gators.

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Jonah Scolaro got the start on the mound in place of Carson Montgomery, who was dealing with shoulder stiffness before the game. The start was Scolaro’s first since March 26th, 2019, also against the Gators. Scolaro struck out two in a scoreless first.

Nick Pogue made his second career start against FSU, but it didn’t last long. Reese Albert set the tone with an 11-pitch leadoff walk. Alex Toral smoked an 88 MPH fastball into the FSU bullpen for a two-run homer. The HR was Toral’s ninth of the season and second in the last three games.

Three pitches later, Brock Mathis duplicated Toral’s result as he sent a 2-0 fastball into the bullpen for a HR of his own. It was Mathis’ fifth HR of the season. The ball left his bat at 99 MPH and traveled 360 feet.

Brett Roberts followed up the homers with a single up the middle. The single-ended Pogue’s day after five batters as Kevin O’Sullivan turned to Tyler Nesbitt out of the pen. James Tibbs legged out an infield single for FSU’s fourth hit of the frame. Logan Lacey poked a two-strike pitch to the opposite field for an RBI single. Tibbs came across the plate on a double-steal to give FSU a season-high with five first-inning runs.

Jordan Carrion, the only Seminole who didn’t come to the plate in the first, made a spectacular throw to complete a second scoreless frame for Scolaro.

FSU threatened to add on to their lead in the bottom half. Carrion led off with a single into left. Back-to-back walks to Jaime Ferrer and Toral loaded the bases with one out. A pop-out to short left and a fly-out to right stranded three runners on base.

Scolaro produced his first 1-2-3 inning in the third as he struck out a pair of Gators. The southpaw ran into some trouble for the first time in the fourth. Sterlin Thompson led off the frame with his sixth double of the season. The veteran bounced back with a groundout to third but his second walk ended his evening. Mike Martin Jr. turned to freshman Conner Whittaker with two on. Whittaker struck out Kendrick Calilao for the second out of the frame. After a walk loaded the bases, the freshman induced a fly-out to center to strand three Gators on base. Scolaro posted a final line of 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K (season-high), 0 R, and 62 pitches.

FSU’s offense was settled down by RHP Nick Ficarotta. The UF reliever tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to keep FSU to five runs through six innings. Whittaker matched Ficarotta as he produced back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth. The right-hander retired nine straight Gators before a two-out knock from Mac Guscette in the seventh. The freshman responded with his fifth strikeout to complete another scoreless frame. Whittaker posted a final line of 3.2 IP (career-high), 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K (career-high), 0 R, and 63 pitches. FSU’s lead remained at five after seven.

Wyatt Crowell toed the rubber for the eighth. The sophomore worked a dominant 1-2-3 frame. He struck out both left-handed hitters he faced on nasty sliders.

Davis Hare took the mound for the ninth. Hare set down the Gators in order to complete the shutout.

Up Next: No.9 Louisville will travel to Tallahassee on Thursday to begin a three-game set. Game one between the Seminoles and Cardinals will be on Thursday at 7:00 PM. All three games will be streamed on ACCNX.

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