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Takeaways from FSU baseball’s win over UVA

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As of now, it’s survival mode for baseball in the state of Florida.

It’s not a good feeling to start the 2024 College World Series 0-1.

With its back against the wall, FSU found a way to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss to Tennessee.

With the sting lingering, the Seminoles answered as they returned to Charles Schwab Stadium on Sunday to defeat Virginia 7-3 in an elimination game.

“Explaining the feeling of sitting here Friday night is not something I can relay to you remotely,” FSU coach Link Jarrett said.

“This team’s reaction to playing arguably the best game we’ve played this year pretty much sums up what’s in that dugout.”

The No. 8 national seed Seminoles will continue their CWS run as they face No. 4 North Carolina on Tuesday at 2 p.m. No. 1 Tennessee remained undefeated on Sunday night with its 6-1 win over the Tar Heels.

Here are the takeaways from FSU’s win over Virginia.

Jaime Ferrer, home run king at Charles Schwab Stadium

There have been a number of memorable performances at the CWS. There were three walk-off wins and Tennessee’s Christian Moore cycle.

Jaime Ferrer has also left his name in the history books.

The junior had a two-home run, four-RBI performance against the Cavs.

Ferrer has hit three home runs in two games and doubled his RBI with eight, making him the home run and RBI leader in the CWS.

“It’s great to root for my team,” Ferrer said.

“We still get to dance, and we still get to play on Tuesdays and compete for a national championship, which is ultimately the goal of everyone here. All eight of these teams are championship caliber teams. So if we come out of here with a win, it means the whole world to us.”

Ferrer is the first player to have consecutive games with four RBI in the College World Series since USC’s infielder Robb Gorr in 1998.

Ferrer is the sixth Seminoles to hit three home runs in one game and the first with multiple four-RBI games.

Alex Lodise hit FSU’s third home run of the day as the Seminoles led 7-0 in six innings. Ferrer explained how contagious home runs can be, which has been a consistent weapon for the Seminoles all year.

“At the end of the day, you have to stick with the same approach,” Ferrer said. “You have to look for one pitch, and when you get it, you can’t miss it.”

Carson Dorsey continues his impressive postseason run

Carson Dorsey continues to impress.

Throughout the postseason, Dorsey was the commander on the mound with various pitching combinations.

Dorsey recalled the last time he faced Virginia in the ACC Tournament. He struggled and didn’t last an inning when he relieved Jamie Arnold.

For Dorsey, he continued to have confidence in his pitches.

“Being able to have more than just the fastball and be confident on those pitches is what really made the difference between today and last time,” Dorsey said.

Virginia had 10 hits with opportunities to put runs on the board. Dorsey stayed ready, stranded runners and held the Cavs scoreless through six innings.

He finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings, allowing two earned runs with two walks and throwing 106 pitches.

In three postseason games, Dorsey has struck out 20 batters. He has gone more than five innings in seven of his 10 starts. Jarrett only had to use one relief pitcher against the Cavs.

Brennan Oxford closed out the match to give Dorsey his eighth win of the year.

What’s next for FSU baseball

FSU will take on North Carolina in another elimination round on Tuesday at 2 p.m

The Seminoles, who lost 12-11 to the top-ranked Vols on Friday night. haven’t faced the Tar Heels all year.

How can I watch FSU baseball vs. UNC on Tuesday?

  • TV: ESPN (channel 206 on DirecTV, channel 140 on Dish)
  • Streaming: ESPN+ ($10.99 per month), WatchESPN and the ESPN app (TV provider subscription required), fuboTV (7-day free trial), YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (free trial of 7 days)

How can I listen to FSU baseball on the radio?

  • Radio: WFLA FM 100.7
  • Streaming: Seminole Sports Network

Tickets for the College World Series can be purchased at CWSomaha.com

Peter Holland Jr. covers Florida State athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him via email at [email protected] or at X @_Da_pistol