Florida State came back from a 6-3 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, to take game 1 of the Super Regionals vs. Sam Houston State in walk-off fashion, by a final score of 7-6.
- Jackson Lueck continued his torrid hitting going 4 for 5 (4 singles) on the day including the game winning RBI into right field in the bottom of the 9th. In a situation in which 11 normally has his guy bunt he gave Lueck the green light to swing away and he delivered with two on and nobody out vs Sam Houston State’s Nick Mikolajchak.
- Florida State’s ace, Tyler Holton, struggled early on allowing 3 runs in the first frame (including a Hit By Pitch RBI), but settled throughout the rest of the game to pitch 6 and 2/3rds innings on 119 pitches with 7 strikeouts and only 2 earned runs.
- Florida State’s bats came to play today despite no extra base hits as they delivered 13 times today at the plate; all of them single base hits with only five men left on behind for the entire game.
- You might’ve noticed that I said Holton only allowed 2 earned runs because four of Sam Houston State’s 6 runs were unearned as Florida State’s defense committed 2 errors, allowed a Hit By Pitch RBI, and was generally sloppy throughout the game looking as though they were unprepared for the bunt, despite Sam Houston State’s track record of being decidedly small ball.
- FSU’s Q-Man Quincy Nieporte made two base running errors today that might’ve proved costly had FSU not prevailed; not running hard on contact on a fielder’s choice and being thrown out at home in the second, and getting caught leading too far off second base with two outs in the bottom of the 7th. He also managed to hit into a triple play but that was more bad luck than anything of his own fault
- First basemen Drew Mendoza was the only Seminole to not record a hit today as he went 0-4 with a strikeout on the day.
Florida State will be back on the diamond tomorrow at Noon ET on ESPN2, with a chance to punch its ticket to Omaha.