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3 Up, 3 Down: ’Noles banish Demon Deacons

FSU played about as good of a game as it’s capable of this season.

FSU Seminoles Baseball vs the Clemson Tigers Courteney Korosec

Florida State (27-14, 13-9) threatened early and delivered late on offense to beat up on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (25-18, 11-11) by a score of 13-2. Drew Parrish was the MVP and held a good Wake Forest offense at bay until the Seminole offense could come alive.

Three Up

  • Just a few weeks ago Parrish had made a Friday night home in the Three Down section but he’s movin’ on up the the up-side. Parrish was magnificent Friday night able to consistently spot both his change up and fastball and keeping a very good Wake Forest lineup off balance. The senior finished the night with 10 strike outs to just one walk and three hits over seven innings. Parrish has now thrown 21 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. If Parrish and CJ Van Eyk can continue their high level of play FSU will be a very tough out.
  • The FSU offense continues to produce. The Seminoles were very patient against a shaky Demon Deacon pitching staff and were rewarded. FSU did strike out nine times but paired that with 10 walks and 13 hits — 5 for extra bases. When the dust settled FSU knocked in nine runs through six, which allowed Florida State pitchers pound the zone without much fear of reprisal.
  • Special mention goes to Robby Martin and J.C. Flowers. The freshman was 2-5 with a two run home run in the fifth. Martin struggled at the start of ACC but the last few weeks he’s cleaned up his approach at the plate, laying off of the lower stuff outside of the zone and making solid contact. That was Martin’s second home run on the year and it was a no doubter over the fence in right field. Flowers was 3-3 with a walk and triple and score three times. A confident bat behind the likes of Mendoza and Martin can be deadly.

Three Down

  • Through seven innings the defense looked solid. It looked like they might make it through a whole nine innings without an error but then the eighth inning happened. Clayton Kwiatkowski gave up a lead off double and rebounded with a ground out to shortstop Mike Salvatore but the senior air-mailed the ball to first base leaving runners at first and third. On the next play Drew Mendoza was unable to handle a hard hit ground ball right at him and a runner scored. Kwiatkowski then bounced one to the plate that Jonathan Foster was not able to handle and the runner moved from second to third. An error narrowly avoided on a grounder to first as Cooper Swanson could not handle the ball but it bounced to Kwiatkowski for the 1-3 play but another run scored on the play.
  • Frankly outside of the above inning the ’Noles played about as complete of a game as you can.

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Florida State faces Wake Forest again Saturday at 2:00 PM.