Trailing behind the Louisiana State Tigers (40-25), 4-0 in hostile Baton Rouge, the Florida State Seminoles (40-21) rallied to make its biggest come back victory by a final score of 6-4. In remarkable fashion, the ’Noles and Mike Martin reached a 40-win season for the 42nd consecutive season.
- After Tim Becker singled and Mike Salvatore walked to put the ’Noles on first and second, Reese Albert stepped up to the plate with a mission. On the eleventh pitch of his at-bat, the sophomore went deep smashing his eighth home run of the season to tie it up in the top of the seventh:
The Jupiter native wasn’t finished and hit his second home run of the game to increase the Seminoles lead, 6-4 in the top of the ninth:
- After two walks and a single loaded the bases, Becker continued to make his mark on the post-season scoring Nelson on a sac-fly to give Florida State its first lead of the game, 5-4. The Seminoles’ discipline at the plate proved to be important as three of Florida State’s runs came from the ’Noles ten batters that walked on Saturday.
- Facing a roaring crowd of 11,636, J.C. Flowers took the mound and earned his twelfth save of the season pitching two scoreless final innings. Flowers collected his fourth six-out save of the season.
NOLES WIN! Reese Albert has two home runs in the game to rally back for the victory!— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) June 8, 2019
SV: Flowers pic.twitter.com/6BJtLZauv6
- Through 4.2 innings of work, Florida State pitcher Drew Parrish allowed four runs on six hits with one walk and one hit by pitch to just four strikeouts. From the second inning on, the Tigers scored for four straight innings before the left-hander was finally replaced by Chase Haney.
- The defense didn’t provide Parrish with much backup. In the bottom of the fourth, a communication error between J.C. Flowers and Nander De Sedas in the outfield allowed the runner to reach base instead of starting the ’Noles inning off with an easy out. Two batters later, the errors continued and a fielding error by Reese Albert turned a single into a double for the Tigers.
- Florida State continued to make defensive mistakes and give the Tigers opportunities to bring the game back within its reach. With J.C. Flowers stepping on the mound in the bottom of the eighth to close, De Sedas committed his second error of the game to allow LSU’s leadoff hitter to get on first instead of recording the easy out. The junior didn’t allow it to phase him however, and quickly got out of the inning unscathed.
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FSU Baseball coach Mike Martin, J.C. Flowers, and Reese Albert Media AvailabilityPosted by TomahawkNation.com on Saturday, June 8, 2019
Game two of the Baton Rouge Super Regional will be played on Sunday at 6 PM.