TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State (31-18) capped a four-game sweep of Pacific (15-30) with a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
Drew Parrish threw 7.2 innings in the win, and the Seminole offense scored four runs in the seventh inning to go a season-high 13 games over .500.
“This was a win that easily could have gone the other way,” head coach Mike Martin, “and our guys did not let it. We don’t make an error and score five runs, you expect to win. Winning the way we did was a true credit to our baseball team.”
Parrish (5-2) retired the first 14 batters he faced before walking Lucas Halstead with two outs in the fifth. The Tigers got their first hit on a one-out single in the sixth inning from Kevin Sandri, and three more hits that inning gave Pacific its first lead of the series at 2-0.
In the bottom of the inning, Dylan Busby doubled and scored on Jackson Lueck’s RBI single to cut the deficit in half.
In the seventh, Parrish answered with a perfect top of the inning before the Seminoles chased Pacific starter Ricky Reynoso (4-6) in the bottom half. Drew Mendoza hit the first pitch of the inning off the wall in right-centerfield for a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on J.C. Flowers’ RBI single to tie the score. Reynoso was replaced by Vince Arobio after Nick Derr singled.
Matt Henderson’s team-high seventh sacrifice bunt of the season moved the runners up a base, and Taylor Walls’ two-run single scored both runners and proved to be the game-winner. Walls would come around to score on an Arobio wild pitch to make the score 5-2.
Reynoso allowed just four baserunners in the first five innings – a four-pitch walk to lead off the game to Walls, third- and fifth-inning singles to Henderson and a fourth-inning single to Lueck. Reynoso finished with four earned runs allowed in six innings, striking out six.
The Tigers got a third run on James Free’s 12th home run of the year in the eighth inning. Jim Voyles entered in relief of Parrish with two outs in the eighth and retired Halstead on a line out to centerfield to keep the score 5-3.
Drew Carlton allowed a hit, a walk and hit a batter without recording an out in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Alec Byrd earned his first save of the season by forcing an infield pop-up and a game-ending double play.
Florida State will play its final non-conference game of the season against Jacksonville Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU has won both games against the Dolphins this season – 6-5 in Jacksonville on February 28 and 10-9 in Tallahassee on March 21.
The game will air on WatchESPN and Eric Luallen will provide coverage on the radio on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
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