TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Quincy Nieporte recorded a season-high five RBI to lead the 10th-ranked Seminoles (26-11, 11-4 ACC) to a 12-6 victory over Notre Dame (23-13, 9-8) in the series opener on Friday evening. Nieporte’s 2-for-4 outing from the plate included his second home run and fourth double of the campaign. He was joined on offense by the tandem of Dylan Busby (2-4, 3 RBI) and Cal Raleigh (2-4, 3 RBI). Busby’s 11th multi-hit game of the season included two extra base hits (double, triple), while Raleigh notched his team-leading eighth home run.
“I have had a frustrating few weeks and feel like I hit the ball pretty well, but there were opponents where I hit it,” said Nieporte. “Tonight I managed to hit the ball hard and nobody got a glove on it, so my confidence really changed because I was able to find the holes that were out there. I do hope this continues because it just adds onto how good this offense can be.”
Mike Compton (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season and second this month after holding the Fighting Irish lineup to three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Compton also fanned three Notre Dame hitters in the process.
Jim Voyles enjoyed another solid outing from the bullpen as he struck out two in the sixth and followed with two more in the seventh to limit the Irish to one hit in 1.2 innings.
After falling behind two runs early, Florida State put its first run on the board in the home half of the frame. Busby led off with a triple off the right centerfield wall and quickly advanced home when Nieporte hit a ground ball back to the pitcher to make for a 2-1 contest.
Notre Dame stretched the advantage to 3-1 in the top of the third, but the Seminoles retaliated with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning. Taylor Walls began the frame with a leadoff single that was shortly followed by a John Sansone single to right field and walk by Jackson Lueck, loading the bases for Busby.
Busby responded with a two-RBI double to centerfield, his second extra base hit of the game, plating Walls and Sansone and bringing the game to a three-all deadlock. Nieporte then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Lueck, as FSU forged ahead 4-3.
FSU got the leadoff runner on base for the fourth time in the game when Sansone reached on a walk in the fifth. Lueck reached base on a single to the shortstop, who also committed a throwing error to first in an attempt to get the speedy freshman, allowing Sansone to slide into third. Raleigh followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, plating Sansone, to make for a 5-3 Seminole lead.
The Noles offense posted its second multi-run inning in the seventh when Raleigh lifted the first pitch of his at-bat over the right field wall for his eighth home run of the season. Two batters later, Nieporte contributed his third RBI of the game when he sent a home run off the left field scoreboard, giving FSU the 7-3 advantage.
“Quincy is capable of having nights like this on a regular basis,” said head coach Mike Martin. “When he followed Cal’s home run in the seventh with one of his own, I wasn’t the least bit surprised. Mike Martin Jr. has worked with him religiously the last three weeks and he too is just waiting to see Quincy return to where he was last year.”
Florida State put the game out of reach in the eighth inning with five runs on four hits. The scoring frenzy began with an RBI single up the middle by Sansone that brought Henderson home from second. Two batters later Raleigh slipped a single into right field, plating Walls for the 9-5 lead. After Busby scored Sansone from third on a sacrifice fly into left, Nieporte provided the Noles with a 12-5 lead with a double to right that scored both Raleigh and Lueck.
Notre Dame added one run in the top of the ninth, on a home run to right field by Jake Shepski for the 12-6 final.
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