March 1, 2019 - by
Noles Stay Perfect with 9-5 Win Over Mercer

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.

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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.

Of Note

  • Robby Martin added three RBI Friday and now has 20 on the season. He entered the weekend fourth in the country in RBI. He has at least one hit in all eight games this season and is averaging 2.5 RBI per game.
  • Nander De Sedas hit his first career triple in the second inning.
  • Drew Mendoza has drawn three intentional walks this season and has a team-high 14 total walks. He tied a season- and career-high with three Friday.
  • Catcher Mat Nelson lined two singles Friday, his first multi-hit game as a Seminole.
  • Cooper Swanson’s pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning was FSU’s 14th of the season. Ten Seminoles have at least one HR on the year.
  • FSU tallied double-digit hits for the fourth time this season. Seminoles pitchers struck out 13, the fifth time with 10 or more in a game.
  • Five FSU regulars are hitting .300 or better and seven players have a .400 or better on-base percentage.

Up Next

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.

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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