Mike Martin wins final home game of his career

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
May 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- In Mike Martin’s final regular season home series, his team didn’t disappoint.

The Florida State Seminoles (34-18) would shake off a rough midweek to sweep the Richmond Spiders (25-22-1) in a three-game homestand that’s likely the last for their legendary head coach.

Game One: Florida State 8, Richmond 2
The Noles would score five runs in the first three innings of play to set the tone early offensively. The day would be highlighted by Mike Salvatore, who went three of five at the plate with a RBI, and Matheu Nelson, who went two of three and also knocked in a run.

Drew Parrish would return to form on the mound for the garnet and gold, striking out eight and giving up only two runs on three hits in six innings of work for the Tribe. From there, Chase Haney and Jonah Scolaro would combine to throw three innings of shutout baseball.

Game Two: Florida State 11, Richmond 1
It was more of the same in the second game of the weekend with the Noles having a commanding 8-0 lead by the end of the third inning. Salvatore would continue his great weekend, going four of six and recording two RBI on the day.

CJ Van Eyk looked good through five innings of work, surrendering no runs on three hits while striking out eight Spiders. The Seminole staff as a whole would end the day with Ks.

Game Three: Florida State 7, Richmond 2 (7 innings)
In the series and potentially home season finale, the FSU bats would come to life late as the Tribe used their “O’Canada” inning in the bottom of the fifth to put up six runs on four hits. Salvatore would once again stay hot, tying the game with a two-run homer in the frame, preceded immediately by a solo shot from Drew Mendoza and a 2 RBI double from JC Flowers to put the game out of reach.

Conor Grady would get the start and the win for Florida State, surrendering both of Richmond’s runs on four hits. From there, Antonio Velez would shut the Spiders down with two innings of two-hit shutout baseball.

The game would enter a rain delay in the bottom of the seventh with both sides agreeing to call the game there.

Next up for Florida State is the regular season finale at Louisville with a three-game series starting on Thursday.

By: WCTV Eyewitness Sports
May 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It was a bittersweet day in Tallahassee's Dick Howser Stadium. Mike Martin's last game as FSU baseball's head coach ended with a sweep of the Richmond Spiders. The final score: 7-2.

The game was moved to 11 a.m. because of weather.

The Noles would start off slow. Pitcher Connor Grady was not able to strike out a batter to retire the second inning. But come the fifth inning, things started finally heating up for Florida State.

Reece Albert knocked it back, just short of the fence, gaining a double. Mike Salvatore approached the plate right after him and scored FSU's first points of the day: a double-run home run, tying the game. Drew Mendoza would finally give the Seminoles a lead with a home run after that.

Still in the fifth inning, J.C. Flowers hit a double with the bases loaded, increasing the lead by two with a sac fly later scoring the 6th run.

During the bottom of the seventh inning, play got suspended due to the rain and the game was called.

After the game, a tribute video for Martin, made by his wife Carol, played on the scoreboard. After that, 11 ran his victory lap around the bases and celebrated with family, friends and the team.

"Bill Smith, one of my dear friends in Tallahassee, who spoke last night, said do me a favor," Martin told officials. "Do just for a five-minute period what you did in Omaha when [Mike Martin Jr.] came to the plate and I promised him I would do it. I can't say that I held to that promise 'cause it didn't last long. You fall behind 2-0 and you know how important the game is, it's hard to look around and say this has really been fun. I can't do that, I can't operate that way."

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