Freshmen attack on display for 'Noles in season-opening series

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
February 18, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It doesn't get much better than an opening weekend sweep, and that's exactly what happened for the Florida State baseball team against the Maine Black Bears.

In his final season at the helm of the Seminoles, skipper Mike Martin started season 40 on the right foot and now sits just nine wins away from 2,000 in his career.

Between the white lines, FSU looked strong. While the headline of the weekend was the opening day no-hitter, the real story of the weekend was the emergence of the freshmen.

Combined, the four first-time starters (Elijah Cabell, Robby Martin, Matheu Nelson and Nander De Sedas) logged 19 RBI and 12 runs scored.

While Martin set a freshman record with five RBI in his first game in garnet and gold, highlighting a strong weekend, it was De Sedas that had 11 raving.

"He's just one of those guys that enjoys competition, is not afraid to be challenged," Martin said following Saturday's doubleheader sweep. "He's accepted the challenge of facing guys two, three, four years older than he is with an accomplished slider and change up and he's hung right in there."

Following the season's opening series, three of the starting four freshman, Martin, De Sedas and Cabell, are hitting .250 or better.

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