March 25, 2017 - by
Parrish’s Complete Game Caps Sweep of Irish

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Freshman Drew Parrish threw the first complete game of his young career, and Jackson Lueck and Quincy Nieporte each had two runs batted in as Florida State (18-7, 6-3 ACC) completed a three-game sweep of Notre Dame (7-15, 2-7 ACC) with Saturday’s 5-1 win at Frank Eck Stadium. Parrish (3-1) allowed just one unearned run, and Lueck’s two-run home run in the first inning was all the support he would need.

“Parrish gave us a huge lift because we used so many arms yesterday,” head coach Mike Martin said of using six pitchers in Friday’s doubleheader. “That was a big lift. His emotions were under control. A good lift for him after last weekend.

“We were looking for anywhere between 90-100 pitches and six innings. He kept pitching very well and his pitch count was a little more than we anticipated, but not too much that we’re the least bit concerned.”

Parrish allowed three hits in nine innings while striking a career-high seven and walking just one. Notre Dame’s only run against the Rockledge, Fla., native came in the fourth inning on an error by second baseman Nick Derr. With two runners on and one out, Parrish forced a ground out and Cal Raleigh started a 2-4-3 pick off that ended the inning.

“I was getting ahead and staying ahead early in counts,” Parrish said. “I knew they weren’t going to chase out of the zone, so I had to attack it and I did that well today.”

Only twice, in the fourth inning and again in the ninth, when he pitched through increasing thunderstorms, did Parrish face more than three batters. The only time the Fighting Irish reached third base was in the fourth inning.

Lueck opened the scoring in the first inning with a home run off Notre Dame starter Brad Bass (1-3), an opposite field shot that scored Taylor Walls and put the Seminoles ahead 2-0 just two batters into the game.

Lueck scored a second run in the third inning on Nieporte’s team-high 35th RBI of the season. After Walls walked for a second time, Lueck legged out a grounder and advanced to second on Cal Raleigh’s walk. Lueck was safe at home on Nieporte’s single when catcher Ryan Lidge could not secure the throw from right fielder Jake Shepski.

“Jackson has changed the complexion of our lineup,” Martin said of Lueck’s return from shin splints. “When you stick a guy who can do what he does from both sides of the plate back in our lineup, it gives the opposing team something to think about.”

Parrish’s Complete Game Caps Sweep of Irish

Postgame Notes:

– Drew Parrish’s complete game was the first for FSU this season, and the first since Drew Carlton had a two-hit shutout of No. 1 Florida in the 2016 Super Regionals. Parrish’s seven strikeouts tied his career high, done last week at Virginia Tech.

– After not starting for 10 games due to shin splints, Jackson Lueck had a pair of hits and scored the winning run Tuesday against Jacksonville and hit his first home run of the season Friday against Notre Dame.

– Lueck’s first three hits against the Fighting Irish this weekend went for extra bases (double, two home runs). He added an eighth-inning single.

– Walls added three more walks on Sunday, pushing his season total to 33 on the year. He entered the weekend tied with teammate Tyler Daughtry for the national lead (26).

– Walls’ two runs scored give him 33 on the season. He entered the weekend ranked fifth in Division I with 30 runs scored.

– Aplin’s home run in the ninth inning was his fourth of the season, tied with Dylan Busby for second on the team (Nieporte has six).

– FSU completed the three-game sweep on Saturday. It is the first time since 2014 against Boston College that FSU swept a three-game ACC series on the road.

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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