“This one could have been really, really great for the resume,” head coach Mike Martin said after the game. “We need to win. To heck with playing well and losing. We didn’t make an error, we just had a couple mistakes.”
Nieporte’s five hits were all singles, and he is the first Seminole since Josh Delph went 5-for-7 at Miami in 2015 (in 17 innings) that a Florida State player had five hits. Nieporte’s previous high this season was two hits, done 13 times, while he had four hits in a game in both 2015 and 2016.
The Seminoles answered Wake Forest runs in the first with three in the bottom of the second, all unearned against Connor Johnstone. Tyler Holton hit a single to centerfield, his seventh in 16 at-bats, and J.C. Flowers reached on a dropped fly ball by rightfielder Patrick Frick. With two outs, Taylor Walls hit his third triple of the season to tie the score, and Dylan Busby followed with a perfect bunt down the third base line to give FSU a 3-2 lead.
The Demon Deacons responded quickly, however, on Bruce Steel’s three-run home run in the third to retake the lead.
Florida State used four pitchers in the fourth inning as Wake Forest extended its lead to 8-3. Drew Parrish (5-3) was pulled after walking the first batter fourth inning, finishing with six earned runs in 3.0 innings; Chase Haney allowed two hits and both runners scored; Alec Byrd allowed a walk and a hit while forcing a double play; and Jim Voyles closed out the frame with a 10-pitch strikeout to Steel.