April 21, 2018 - by
⚾: Noles Outlast Eagles, Top BC in 11 innings

Box Score

BRIGHTON, Mass. – No. 18 Florida State scored three runs in the 11th inning, including an RBI single by Cobi Johnson, and held off Boston College for a 13-12 win Friday evening. Conor Grady (4-2) earned the win for the Seminoles (27-12, 9-9 ACC), while Clayton Kwiatkowski saved his second game of the season. Thomas Lane (1-3) allowed three runs in the 11th for the Eagles (13-24, 5-14).

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Jackson Lueck was one of five Noles with multiple hits, bashing his team-high 10th home run of the season to give FSU a 2-1 lead. Rhett Aplin, Cal Raleigh, Drew Mendoza and Steven Wells also had more than one hit.

For Wells, who went 3-for-3 with two walks and a sacrifice bunt, he was perfect from the plate for the third straight game. Over the last three games, Wells is hitting 9-for-9 with four walks and a sacrifice bunt in 14 plate appearances. Before his sacrifice bunt in the 11th inning, Wells had reached base safely in 13 consecutive plate appearances, one shy of the FSU record.

Lueck led FSU with four RBI, Wells had two on a single off the centerfield wall and Mike Salvatore, Mendoza, Reese Albert, Rafael Bournigal and Johnson added one each.

Drew Parrish pitched 6.0 innings for FSU, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He was in line for his third win of the season before the Seminoles allowed seven runs over the 7th-9th innings as the Eagles erased a 10-3 seventh-inning deficit.

The Seminole defense, in sub-50 degree temperatures and a strong wind for much of the night, were tabbed with six errors, a season high.

In the 11th inning, Lane walked Mendoza and Albert before Wells’ sacrifice bunt was thrown away to load the bases with no outs. Bournigal walked to give FSU a 11-10 lead, Johnson singled to score another run and Lueck hit a sacrifice fly for the third run and a 13-10 lead.

Boston College doubled, walked and singled to get a run back before FSU recorded an out. A sacrifice bunt put runners on the corners and Jack Cunningham singled off Kwiatkowski to plate another run before a fly out to Wells in right field ended the game four hours and 50 minutes after it began.

Winning Score

Jackson Lueck had four RBI in the game, including a two-run home run in the third inning, but his sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning scored Rafael Bournigal and gave FSU a 13-10 lead.

Of Note
  • Cal Raleigh has started 163 consecutive games, with 160 of those at catcher.
  • Rhett Aplin walked again Friday and has drawn 12 over the past six games. His 38 are the most on the team. Aplin hit two doubles, scored two runs and added an HBP Friday, his fourth career game with multiple doubles. In ACC games, Aplin is hitting .357.
  • Jackson Lueck hit his team-high 10th home run in the third inning, giving FSU a 2-1 lead. His 10 home runs are a new season high (9 in 2017).
  • Steven Wells successfully reached in his first five plate appearances (two walks and three singles). Before an error on a sacrifice bunt in the 11th inning, Wells had reached in 13 consecutive plate appearances (9-for-9, four walks). Wells leads FSU with a .474 on-base percentage and his batting average has jumped from .195 to .271 in that three-game span.
  • The FSU record for consecutive times on base is 14 plate appearances by Taylor Walls in 2017.
  • FSU scored five runs in the fifth inning, the 18th inning scoring four or more runs this season. FSU is 13-1 when recording a “big inning”.
  • As a team, FSU drew 12 walks. The Seminoles entered the weekend leading the country with 235 walks.
  • FSU scored double-digit runs for the seventh time this season and the second time in consecutive games (March 5-6 vs. Kansas).
  • Raleigh threw out his ninth baserunner of the year to end the seventh inning.
  • FSU tallied 13 hits Friday, the most in a road game this season. Over the past two games, FSU has recorded 33 hits and 31 runs.
  • FSU improved to 2-1 in extra-innings games.
Road to 1,976

FSU’s win was head coach Mike Martin’s 1,971st of his career. He needs just 5 more to become the winningest coach in college baseball history. He currently only trails the late Augie Garrido (1,975 wins). Martin is now 31-5 against Boston College.

Up Next

Florida State and Boston College will play at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, as part of the Eagles’ annual ALS Awareness Game.

Saturday’s game will begin at 3:00 p.m. and air on ESPNU. Jon Sciambi, Kyle Peterson and FSU alumnus Eduardo Perez will provide coverage from the booth, along with Molly McGrath.

Eric Luallen will call all the games on radio for 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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