TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a rare early season doubleheader at Dick Howser Stadium, Florida State (3-0) used a walk, RBI double and sacrifice fly to beat Maine (0-3) 6-5 in walk-off fashion in game two Saturday evening. The Seminoles beat the Black Bears 16-3 in the first contest earlier in the day.
Elijah Cabell led the inning off with a five-pitch walk and scored on a towering double off the right field fence by fellow freshman Robby Martin to tie the score. J.C. Flowers pinch ran for Martin, moved to third on a balk by Maine pitcher Matt Geoffrion (0-1) and scored on Mat Nelson’s sacrifice fly.
Tyler Ahearn (1-0) earned the win after a perfect top of the seventh in which he hit 96 on the radar gun.
After Austin Pollock allowed a grand slam to Maine’s Jake Roper in the fourth inning that gave the Black Bears a 5-2 lead, Clayton Kwiatkowski entered and retired the seven batters he faced before Ahearn took over in the seventh. The seven-inning game was agreed to prior to the season.
FSU took a 2-0 lead on a Nander De Sedas single and a Mike Salvatore double in the second inning. Salvatore added an RBI single in the fourth and Reese Albert had a sacrifice fly in the sixth that provided the theatrics for the final inning.
In Saturday’s opener, FSU drew 14 walks, had 10 hits and was hit by six pitches in a 16-3 victory. CJ Van Eyk (1-0) remained perfect in his FSU career after finishing his freshman campaign 7-0. The sophomore from Lutz, Fla., allowed two runs on six hits in 5.0 innings before Jonah Scolaro, Gage Hutchinson and freshman Cade Hungate held the Black Bears to one run over the final four innings.
De Sedas, Salvatore and Albert each had four RBI in the first game, including Salvatore’s second career home run. Cabell hit a towering 443-foot home run to center field, while Jonathan Foster (3) and Flowers (4) set career highs for runs scored. Flowers was 1-for-1 with a two-run double, three walks and two hit by pitches.
Of Note – Game 1
Of Note – Game 2
Florida State and Maine wrap up the four-game series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Left-handed sophomore Shane Drohan will make his first career start for the Seminoles.
The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
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