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Seminoles Blast Mountaineers 22-0, Sweep Series

Larry Novey

Florida State baseball dominated the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers 22-0 on Sunday afternoon to sweep the 4-game series.

The Seminoles are now 37-16 on the year and will face the NC State Wolfpack for their final series of the regular season. That match-up will begin on Thursday at 6 p.m. EST.

The Good: Florida State’s offense was unstoppable for most of the afternoon. While the actual scoring was concentrated to a couple of innings, the hits were a constant in every frame. In fact, the Seminoles recorded a hit in seven of the eighth innings (19 total). Nine different players made their mark at the plate.

The Bad: The Mountaineers pitching didn’t help their cause, but the complete lack of offensive production sealed the deal. They were only capable of three hits for a .103 overall hitting percentage. It was the second game of the series that they were completely shut out on the scoreboard.

The Ugly: After Mount St. Mary’s got into to a bad 4-0 deficit in the first inning, it hoped the second inning would provide a rebound. Instead, Florida State scored nine runs and opened up a 13-0 lead. The Mountaineers had absolutely nothing going on the mound, giving up five hits and four walks that provoked the scoring outburst. Three runs were given up on passed balls and wild pitches as well. It simply was not good baseball.

Studs of the Game: Kyle Cavanaugh had an incredible game at the plate. He went 5-for-5 with five RBIs, including a grand slam in the eighth. Drew Mendoza wasn’t far behind with four hits, one home run, five RBIs, and two runs of his own. Cole Sands pitched for six innings and gave up no earned runs while striking out five.

Duds of the Game: Noah Smith for the Mountaineers had one of the worst pitching lines of the season. He was in the game for just over one inning, but gave up nine hits and 11 earned runs. In retrospect, he probably should have been taken out after the first.

Extra Innings: There absolutely needs to be a run rule for college baseball. If a team gives up 15 or more runs in the first five innings without scoring one of their own, the game should end. How many times has a team ever come back from that much of a deficit?

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