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3 Up, 3 Down: FSU beats Wake Forest to take the series

Third straight ACC series win for the Seminoles

FSU Seminoles Baseball vs the Clemson Tigers
FSU Seminoles Baseball vs the Clemson Tigers
Courteney Korosec

The Florida State Seminoles (28-14, 14-9) beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (25-19, 11-12) in a 9-5 victory to win their third straight ACC series.

Three Up

  • After struggling earlier this season, the Seminoles offense continues to produce when necessary. Despite striking out 12 times, Florida State walked seven times and produced 12 hits. Leadoff hitter Mike Salvatore walked three of the seven times for a career high and hit his 12th double of the season.
  • The Seminoles’ offensive performance was led by Drew Mendoza. In the bottom of the first, the junior singled up the middle to score Mike Salvatore and put the ’Noles on the board early. Another single in the third scored Elijah Cabell and finished off Florida State’s five-run third inning. In the fifth inning, Mendoza hit his team-leading 13th home run of the season:

He finished the night with a season high three hits and tying his season high with four RBI.

  • Florida State pitchers struck out a season-high 17 Demon Deacon batters. Starting pitcher C.J. Van Eyk struck out a career-high 11 batters despite walking five in the process. While the sophomore gave up a three-run home run in the fifth inning, he didn’t let it phase him and finished off on the mound by striking out the side. Van Eyk has now won three straight starts. Relief pitcher Jonah Scolaro earned his first save of the year after the sophomore southpaw tied a career high with six strikeouts giving up just two runs on a Demon Deacon home run and walking zero.

Three Down

  • In the bottom of the third, the Seminoles had two on base, zero outs, and were ahead, 5-0. Florida State’s designated-hitter Robby Martin came up to the plate and bunted? A questionable decision by Mike Martin and his staff for a player who is hitting .331.
  • After almost making it through errorless for the first time in nine games, Drew Mendoza committed a fielding error with only one out left in the contest allowing Wake Forest to stay alive. Mendoza leads the team with 13 errors this season.
  • For the second day straight, ’Noles fans trying to watch from home had to deal with technical difficulties while streaming.

Game Thread

Box Score

The Seminoles look to sweep the Demon Deacons on Sunday at 1:00 P.M.