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Three up, three down: FSU baseball wins slugfest to salvage series at NC State

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‘Noles rally for seven runs over last three innings.

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No. 16 Florida State baseball (29-21, 20-16 ACC) topped No. 23 NC State (28-15, 19-14 ACC) in a 15-11 slugfest to salvage their last regular season series. The ‘Noles posted a season high in runs today behind 15 hits and six extra base hits. FSU also produced nine walks and struck out just five times. Eight of nine starters got a hit. On the mound, Florida State struggled for most of the game, but posted three zeroes over the last three innings to win the game. Today’s win was FSU’s fourth of the year when trailing after seven innings. The Seminoles will be the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament, with #4 Miami and #9 Duke in their pool.

Three up

  • Despite going nine games without a homer, Matheu Nelson still entered today’s game tied for the nation’s lead in homers. With the wind blowing out to left, Nelson got back in the home run column early. Tyler Martin led off the game with an opposite field single for the second straight day. Nelson got himself in a favorable 3-1 count and did not miss a middle-middle fastball. The catcher smoked a line drive over the left field wall to give the Seminoles an early 2-0 lead. The homer was Nelson’s 21st of the season and upped his RBI total to 62.

In Nelson’s next at-bat, he laced a one-out double down the left field line. The double was his team-high 16th of the season and his second of the weekend. The redshirt sophomore started the fifth inning with a leadoff single. The Largo native led off the eighth inning with a first pitch homer to tie the game at 11. His 22nd homer gave him his second multi-homer game of the season and a career high four hits. Nelson also walked and scored in the ninth inning.

  • Jackson Greene had a career day to help the Seminoles plate 15 runs. Greene drove in a career high four runs, he scored a career high three runs, and produced a career high three hits. In his first at-bat, Greene lined a two-out single up the middle. Greene launched a 3-2 fastball over the left field wall for a three-run jack in the fourth inning. The homer, Greene’s second of the weekend and third of the year, gave the Seminoles a 5-1 lead.

Two innings later, Greene walked and scored. After a Dylan Simmons double, Greene walked in the seventh with the bases loaded to cut the NC State lead to one. After two outs to begin the ninth inning of a tie-game, Greene roped a single to right field to extend the inning and ended up scoring the winning run.

  • Logan Lacey has been the glue guy all season long for Florida State. He can play anywhere, hit anywhere, and get big hits in every moment. After starting his day 0-3, the Wolfpack couldn’t get Lacey out when it mattered. In the sixth inning, Lacey stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. He lined a two-out single into center field to score two runs and take a 7-6 lead. Another run came across the plate on an errant throw to give FSU a two-run lead. Three innings later, Lacey stepped to the plate in another big moment. Lacey drove another single into center field for another two-out RBI and hit. Lacey’s single gave the ‘Noles a 12-11 lead as he plated Greene. Lacey was 2-6 with a run and three RBI.
  • Robby Martin broke out of slump with his first multi-hit game of the month yesterday. Martin put good swings on the ball again today and cashed in with his tenth homer of the year. Martin deposited the first pitch of the 7th inning over the right field wall to bring FSU within two of the Wolfpack. The left-handed hitter also drew two walks.
  • Bonus: Clayton Kwiatkowski closed the game out with 2 scoreless innings. He allowed just two walks and didn’t give up a hit. His season ERA is down to 1.96 over 23.0 IP. Ross Dunn also worked a scoreless seventh inning, despite the first two baserunners reaching base. He has an ERA of 1.42 over 12.2 IP.

Three down

  • Parker Messick ran into a buzzsaw against the NC State lineup today. NC State got on the board quickly behind their potent top three in the order. Tyler McDonough lined a double to right field, before Jonny Butler followed with an RBI single. The hit was Butler’s seventh straight. After posting back-to-back scoreless innings, the Wolfpack got to Messick again in fourth. After an infield single, a double cut FSU’s lead to 5-2. A third straight hit made it a two-run game. In the fifth, a sacrifice fly and back-to-back two-out homers ended Messick’s day. He entered the day with just three homers allowed this season. He posted a final line of 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 K’s, 0 BB, 6 ER, and 84 pitches. It was the first outing since opening day that he did not go at least five innings. He’s given up five+ ER in back-to-back games since a minor back injury.
  • The Seminoles’ defense had one of their worst games of the season today. In the third inning, Tyler Martin fielded a chopper to first and made a solid throw to 2nd base. Nander De Sedas dropped the throw as the ‘Noles got no outs. In the fifth inning, Greene made a leaping grab on a liner and tried to double off a runner at second but made an errant throw. The runner advanced to third and ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly. In that same inning, De Sedas made his second error on a routine grounder to extend the inning. Vince Smith was subbed into the game in the sixth inning at third base as Lacey moved to center. Smith made an error on the first play of the inning. That runner ended up scoring. In the next inning, Smith made an errant throw to second base to put two runners on with no outs. The Seminoles made five errors, leading to four unearned runs.
  • Jack Anderson took a line drive off of his pitching hand and had to be removed from the game after two pitches. Anderson has been the Seminoles’ most important reliever so far this season. An injury to Anderson would be a massive blow to the Seminoles’ chances at a deep postseason run.