Florida State (36-21) was in control early and cruised to a win against North Carolina State (42-16) by a 11-0 final score in 7 innings due to the run rule. The win should be enough to convince the committee that the Seminoles belong in the field of 64, now it is just a waiting game to see where the ’Noles will travel to next weekend.
- J.C. Flowers had himself a night as he singled in his two first two at bats driving in a run with each. His hot hitting continued in the 5th inning as he led off the inning with an opposite field homerun that lit up the Durham Bull. He would have three hits on the night, driving in 3 runs, scoring once and pitching a perfect inning in the 7th inning.
- C.J. Van Eyk was once again dominant, just as he has been in the last month of the season. The sophomore was on cruise control most of the night as he tossed six shutout innings allowing only one hit. The right-hander now has 48 strikeouts in his last 25 innings and should be considered the best option to start game one of next week’s regional.
CJ joins Drew Parrish with his K of the year! 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣ 3rd inning.— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) May 25, 2019
T4 | FSU 4, NC State 0
- There were plenty of hits on the night as the Seminoles finished with 16 in total, 7 of them going for extra bases. Drew Mendoza recorded 3 hits, a sac fly and a walk as he drove in 3 runs and scored once. Six different starters had a multi-hit game and Florida State batters finished 9-19 with runners in scoring position.
- It didn’t impact the outcome of the game but with runners on 1st and 2nd in the 2nd inning Mike Martin, Jr. gambled and tried to score Mendoza from second on a single to left field. It was a fantastic throw to gun him down but with 0 outs and J.C. Flowers on deck it probably was not worth rolling the dice.
- In what you could argue was a “must win” game for Florida State they started Tim Becker in the outfield. Becker is a first year player for the ’Noles who spent the last 3 season playing club baseball and had just 6 hits in 28 at-bats coming into tonight’s game. Martin said he played because his normal outfielder was not 100% healthy and he liked how Becker had looked lately. But him being on the roster let alone starting is inexcusable. It just goes to show how much Martin quitting his responsibilities a decade ago has hurt the program.
- It was not a great night for Nander De Sedas as he struck out three times and was the only ’Nole in the starting lineup to not get a hit. Include a misplayed pop fly in the field and the freshman had a night he would like to forget.
The Seminoles will return to Tallahassee and await the selection show on Monday to see what regional they will be sent to. Regionals start next Friday.