Noles beat VT 5-2 for Mike Martin’s 2000th win

Mike Martin has made history, the first ever coach to reach 2,000 wins in any sport in the NCAA. The accomplishment was a little delayed on Saturday, after the Noles lost G1 of the DH, but FSU got the job done in G2. Martin accomplishes the feat in his 40th season as the FSU head coach, while having a winning percentage of .738. Martin’s overall record now sits at 2,000-713-4.

The Noles bounced back Saturday evening with outstanding relief pitching and clutch hitting. Shane Drohan went 2.1 innings to start the game, giving up 2 runs, before Jonah Scolaro shut down the Hokies for the next 3.2 innings, only giving up one hit. Scolaro has been great coming into tough situations and shutting them down so far this season. 

Cooper Swanson got the Noles going early in the first inning, with his 5th homer in the last seven games. JC Flowers came through with a clutch 2-out, RBI single to drive in Drew Mendoza later in the inning. FSU’s offense stalled for the next five innings, only getting one hit and scoring no runs. Nander De Sedas got the Noles started in the seventh inning with a leadoff double, before Mike Salvatore bunted him over to third with one out. Mendoza capitalized on the opportunity with an RBI single into RF to give the Noles the lead, before Elijah Cabell extended the lead with a sac-fly. 

Chase Haney relieved Scolaro and put up an egg in the 7th inning before Flowers came in for the 6-out save and did the same in the 8th. Flowers helped himself out in the bottom half of the inning, homering over the RF fence to extend the Noles’ lead to 3. 

Flowers closed out the game in the 9th with his fifth straight scoreless inning of the year, for Martin’s 2000th career win. But more importantly, the win gave the Noles an ACC series win to start conference play. FSU bounced back from some sluggish play in G1 of the doubleheader, to win the rubber match Saturday evening. 

Overall, FSU moves to 13-1 on the season. Most importantly, FSU creates some momentum heading into Gainesville on Tuesday night, to take on rival UF. This is one of the most impressive accomplishments of all time, but I’m sure the players and Martin all have one thing in mind now, beating the Gators. 

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