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.
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.
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.
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