Florida State is one loss away from the end of the season and the Mike Martin era following Monday’s 2-0 loss to Michigan at the College World Series. The Seminoles, who had their six-game postseason winning streak snapped, play Wednesday against Texas Tech at 7 p.m.
Mike Salvatore led off the bottom of the first with a double. Florida State didn’t get another hit until Matheu Nelson’s two-out double in the seventh — a streak of 22 batters. Florida State finished 3-for-30 (.100) against Michigan starting pitcher Tommy Henry. The junior recorded his second shutout of the season — this one on 100 pitches — and first since a one-hitter Feb. 22 against The Citadel.
“You can see why Tommy Henry is a second-rounder. That was a masterpiece,” coach Martin said. “They kicked our fanny, and if I was playing Michigan next year, I’d be really happy because I know [Henry] is gone.”
The lefty never reached 90 mph but produced a lot of lunging swings, especially from left-handed batters.
“He used the bottom of the zone very well,” Seminoles first baseman Carter Smith said. “His pitches looked right at the knees and then they were gone. And when he missed, it was a ball.”
Florida State struck out 10 times, all swinging, and drew zero walks.
Michigan’s Jesse Franklin hit the second pitch of the game well beyond the right field bullpen, putting Michigan ahead, 1-0. It stayed that way until Jimmy Kerr’s two-out single in the fifth narrowly got by shortstop Mike Salvatore to drive in the game’s only other run. It was Seminoles pitcher CJ Van Eyk’s 106th and final pitch. The sophomore had nine strikeouts but numerous foul-ball-filled at-bats ran up his pitch count.
“It’s always frustrating when they do something like that, but you have to trust yourself to keep making that pitch,” Van Eyk said.
Michigan struck out 17 times, with each starter fanning at least once. Florida State’s Jonah Scolaro, hadn’t pitched since May 21, struck out all six batters he faced. He and Chase Haney combined for 4? scoreless and hitless innings of relief.