The Daily Nole

Florida Drops FSU in Jacksonville

Ken Lanese/FSU athletics

Florida State dropped its fourth straight contest to rival Florida on Tuesday as the No. 2 Gators edged FSU 3-2 in Jacksonville.

After consecutive rain outs, weekend starters Drew Carlton and Cole Sands got limited work and Carlton suffered his first loss of the season. With the defeat, FSU falls to 18-6 and will resume ACC play at Boston College on Friday.

The Good: The Florida State bullpen continued to be stellar on Tuesday night. After pulling Carlton and Sands, four FSU relievers combined to allow just two hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Florida’s pitching was also solid.

The Bad: Even with Carlton getting the start, the Seminoles were unable to pick up a win against their rivals. Granted, Carlton’s outing was a short one, but he allowed two of the three Florida runs in just two innings pitched.

The Ugly: Scoring runs against rival Florida continues to be difficult for Florida State. In two games against the Gators this season, FSU has 16 total hits, but just two runs to show for it. FSU outhit Florida 7-5 on Tuesday, but left seven runners on base compared to the Gators’ four.

Studs of the Game: Jackson Kowar put forward a solid start for Florida, allowing just a run on five hits in five innings. Mike Rivera had a 2-run homer to put the Gators ahead for good. Center fielder Buddy Reed was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cal Raleigh hit his fourth home run of the season for the Seminoles in the loss while outfielders Jackson Lueck and Darren Miller were each 2-for-4.

Duds of the Game: FSU first baseman Dylan Busby had a night to forget at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Cole Sands allowed a run in only 1/3 of an inning pitched.

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