TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State defeated Mercer 9-5 in nonconference action Friday night on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in game one of the weekend series. The Seminoles (8-0) remained perfect behind six strong innings from Drew Parrish (2-0) and 12 hits from the offense. Mercer fell to 8-2 on the season.
Parrish got the nod and pitched six innings of three-run baseball in his second win of the season. He fanned eight batters while only walking two and found his stride over his final three innings. Jonah Scolaro and Jack Anderson worked the final nine outs, with Scolaro pitching two scoreless innings. The three combined for 13 strikeouts on the evening.
After a one-two-three top of the first inning, the Seminoles jumped all over Mercer’s starting pitcher with three runs on three hits in the bottom frame. Robby Martin started the scoring with an RBI single to center, followed by Nico Baldor with an RBI double to left center and then a perfect bunt single by J.C. Flowers tallied the final run of the inning. Mercer starter Sawyer Gipson-Long (2-1) allowed four runs in just 2.2 innings.
The teams exchanged runs in the second, Florida State getting there’s by way of a Nander De Sedas triple to lead-off and then being driven in on Mike Salvatore’s single. The Seminoles added another in the sixth, again on a Martin RBI single, before they opened the offense up in the bottom of the eighth. Four runners scored, highlighted by a double apiece by Elijah Cabell and Martin before Cooper Swanson hit a pinch-hit home run deep to right field on the second pitch he saw.
Mercer scored a pair in the third inning on an RJ Yeager single that made the score 4-3 but Parrish and Scolaro did not allow another run over the next five innings. The Bears got two back in the top of the ninth with two outs before Drew Mendoza caught a liner at third base to end the game.
FSU and Mercer will play game two of the series Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The game was pushed back from its original 1:00 p.m. start time so fans can attend the FSU men’s basketball game against NC State at noon.
RHP CJ Van Eyk (2-0, 3.60 ERA) will pitch for the Seminoles. LHP Tanner Hall (2-0, 3.86 ERA) will go for the Bears.
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