March 2, 2019
Noles Stay Perfect Through Rain Delays

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State (9-0) stayed perfect in 2019 with a 12-1 win over Mercer Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Through two rain delays that totaled 74 minutes, FSU mashed nine hits, including a pair of home runs from Cooper Swanson and Drew Mendoza. Swanson’s three-run home run gave FSU a 4-1 lead and traveled an estimated 482 feet.

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Mercer struck first with a second-inning run before a 25-minute lightning delay. In the top of the third, the teams sat through a 49-minute delay. CJ Van Eyk (3-0) allowed just two hits after the second rain delay and the sophomore struck out a season-high eight in 5.0 innings.

The Noles used three crooked numbers to break the game open in the middle innings. FSU tied the game on Robby Martin’s sacrifice fly in the third inning before Swanson’s mammoth home run. FSU took a 5-1 lead on Jonathan Foster’s RBI double.

In the fourth, Mendoza’s two-run home run extended the FSU lead to 7-1. It was his team-high third of the season and FSU’s 16th of the year. In the fifth, the Noles scored four runs on three hits, including an RBI double from J.C. Flowers and a two-run single from Mendoza.

Mercer starter Tanner Hall (2-1) threw a perfect first inning before the first weather delay and worked out of trouble in the second inning before the second delay. He allowed all five runs in the third inning and did not return for the fourth.

Mendoza and Swanson each had two hits. The Noles drew eight walks and struck out just six times.

Trevor Austin had three of Mercer’s seven hits. The Bears struck out 11 times.

Of Note

  • The game experienced a 25-minute weather delay in the middle of the second inning and a 49-minute delay in the top of the third inning.
  • Robby Martin hit a sacrifice fly for his 21st RBI on the season. He entered the weekend ranked fourth nationally with 17 RBI. His fourth inning single extended his hitting streak to nine games.
  • Cooper Swanson homered for the second consecutive game, launching a three-run shot over the left field scoreboard. The ball went 482 feet, the longest for a Seminole this year. Swanson has two home runs in 2019 and four in his career.
  • Drew Mendoza hit his team-high third home run of 2019 and now has 20 for his career. He had a season-high four RBI Saturday.
  • Starting pitcher CJ Van Eyk tied a season high with eight strikeouts. It was Van Eyk’s first career game with at least eight strikeouts and zero walks allowed.
  • FSU improved to 9-0 and is one of eight teams still undefeated (Tennessee 10-0, Arizona State and Oregon State 9-0, NC State 8-0, Michigan 7-0, UMass 1-0 and Princeton 0-0).
  • C. Flowers hit in the two-hole for the first time in his career. The junior went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and two walks.
  • Pitcher Chase Haney singled in his lone at-bat and is 2-for-2 on the season.

Up Next

Florida State and Mercer wrap the weekend series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. LHP Shane Drohan (1-0) will make his second career start for the Seminoles.

The game will stream on ACC Network Extra.

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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