Florida State gave away a 5-0 lead to Louisville and fell to the Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday with questionable coaching decisions, shoddy defense, and bullpen trouble.
Florida State jumped on Louisville early, loading the bases for Darren Miller in the top of the first. Miller came through with a 2-RBI single up the middle.
Florida State was rolling along through three innings with a 2-0 lead. Starter Drew Carlton looked better than he had since mid-April, but head coach Mike Martin decided to pull him in favor of Dylan Silva after a lead off single. Silva issued a single and a walk, but got a strikeout and a double play to get out of the jam. Silva would throw a scoreless fifth inning as well.
The Seminoles would add three more runs to their lead in the sixth. Neiporte started the inning with a leadoff double to left and Marconcini walked. Darren Miller hit a grounder off the third baseman to load the bases for Ben DeLuzio. DeLuzio came through with an RBI groundout. Taylor Walls would hit a sacrifice fly to right and then a wild pitch would bring in Miller to make it 5-0.
Bryant Holtmann came in to pitch the sixth for Florida State and would have had a quick inning except for a throwing error by Taylor Walls that put the leadoff runner on second. Holtmann would get two quick outs before giving up an RBI single. D.J. Stewart tried to get the runner at home, but it wasn’t in time and Danny De La Calle misplayed the ball. Stewart was credited with the error since it allowed the batter Lucas to make it to second. That error would come back to bite the Seminoles as the next batter singled to bring him in and make it 5-2.
Cobi Johnson would come in to pitch the seventh inning and it did not go well after an initial strike out. He gave up a walk, HBP, and then a three run blast by Nick Solak tied the game 5-5. Alec Byrd came in and closed out the inning.
Byrd stayed in to pitch the eighth and rolled through the first two batters before giving up a solo homerun to catcher Will Smith. Billy Strode came in to get the Seminoles out of the inning, but the Cardinals led 6-5.
Florida State started the top of the ninth off with a walk by Josh Delph, but John Sansone hit into a 6-4-3 double play. DJ Stewart lined out to left to end the game.
The Seminoles were in very good position to win this ball game, but taking Carlton out of the game that soon and bringing Cobi Johnson in to pitch against a Top-5 opponent were questionable calls by the Florida State coaching staff. The bullpen and defense for the Seminoles have cost this team multiple wins throughout the season, including today, and will both will have a major impact on how far Florida State goes in the post season.
The Seminoles fell to 37-16 on the season and 17-10 in the ACC. They will finish out the regular season hosting Clemson starting on Thursday, May 14th at 6 PM.