Noles remain unconquered in series sweep of Irish

Mar. 18—TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Through excellent hitting and dominant pitching, the Florida State Seminoles swept Notre Dame in their first ACC series of the season.

After sweeping the Irish, the 'Noles remain unconquered with a perfect record of 18-0, sitting at 3-0 in the ACC. The 18-0 start is the Seminoles second-best start in program history and, though they are currently unranked by the NCAA, the USA Today Coaches Poll has FSU ranked No. 22. They are one of only two undefeated teams in the top 25 and have the most wins of any ranked team.

Friday evening saw game one between the Seminoles and the Irish. It was the 'Noles' first ACC contest and they did not disappoint.

FSU got off to a blistering start, scoring five runs in the first inning and setting the tone for the series. Designated hitter Marco Dinges made his contribution to the five-run inning with a two-run moon shot to right field.

Power house hitters Jamie Tibbs III and Cam Smith each had three hits on the day and combined for three RBI's. Smith went 3-3 at the plate.

The pitching staff was on a heater in game one as well, finishing with a combined 13 strikeouts. Starter Cam Leiter got the win with 10 K's of his own in 6.2 innings pitched.

Game two saw the 'Noles lean on the bullpen more heavily. After an opening triple by center fielder Max Williams, Jamie Ferrer hit a two run bomb to give the 'Noles the lead. After that, the Florida State bats went a little quiet with just five hits the rest of the way.

It was up to the pitching staff and they delivered. The FSU arms had a combined 17 K's in the game with starter Jamie Arnold punching out 12 on his own. Andrew Armstrong had four strikeouts in his 2.1 innings of work, while Noah Short and Brennen Oxford took over in the ninth. Oxford would get the save.

Game three was a bit closer than the 'Noles would've liked. The Irish broke open the scoring in the third with two homers to take a 2-0 lead. Smith responded with a home run of his own, making it 2-1 Notre Dame. A double from Estavan Moreno gave the Irish a 3-1 lead, but Ferrer had something to say about that.

For the second time in the series, Ferrer drove a ball deep and gone for a two-run shot that tied the game at three. A fielding error by the Irish in the sixth gave FSU a 4-3 lead and they refused to relinquish it. The 'Noles took the 4-3 win and completed the series sweep.

Next the Seminoles will take on Stetson at home on Tuesday, before marching up to South Carolina. There they will face No. 10-ranked Clemson in a three-game set, a matchup that could be the 'Noles toughest of the season.