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The Daily Nole — Sept. 20, 2016: FSU Baseball Opens Fall Practice

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As are the players, Florida State fans are anxious to see the Seminoles take the football field again after an embarrassing loss to Louisville this past Saturday. FSU athletics however, is more than just football and there are some interesting nuggets regarding the other programs, including baseball and men’s basketball. The news and notes section below will be updated as the day goes on.

Lead Story

Florida State will begin fall baseball practice this week, beginning with a 1:30 p.m. EST media session on Tuesday. The Daily Nole will be giving coverage of the press conference.

Last season, the Seminoles finished with more than 40 wins for a 39th straight season before falling one win shy of the College World Series. FSU brings back a lot, including All-American shortstop Taylor Walls, Freshman All-American catcher Cal Raleigh, outfielder Jackson Lueck and two outstanding young arms in Tyler Holton and Cole Sands.

Infielder Drew Mendoza is the most notable newcomer. Mendoza is expected to take over for last season’s team leader, John Sansone, at third base. Fall practice will culminate in Garnet and Gold intrasquad games on Oct. 13 and 14. On Oct. 17, the Seminoles will scrimmage the Ontario Blue Jays.

Between the Lines

There were no FSU athletic events on Monday.

On the Agenda

There are no FSU athletic events scheduled for Tuesday. The next group of Seminoles to take the field will be the soccer team on Thursday as FSU hosts Wake Forest.

News and Notes

Florida State is ranked 20th in the Blue Ribbon Yearbook for men’s basketball. The Seminoles finished 20-14 a season ago and were booted in the second round of the NIT.

FSU’s women’s basketball team was ranked 11th in the preseason by Lindy’s and 15th by ESPNW. The Seminoles were ousted in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season by Baylor.

David Visser of Tomahawk Nation reported that FSU’s defensive start is tied for the worst in team history. Tomahawk Nation also reported that Brock Ruble has been taking first-team reps at right tackle instead of Rick Leonard.

Two FSU Cross Country athletes were recognized by the ACC this week. Senior Harry Mulenga was the ACC Men’s Performer of the Week after leading the Seminoles to the Adidas XC Challenge title in North Carolina last week. FSU’s Steven Cross was named the ACC’s Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Week. Cross was the top freshman finisher in the Adidas XC Challenge last week.

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Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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