TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State improved to 10-0 with a 5-1 win over Mercer (8-4) Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Drew Mendoza had two of FSU’s four home runs and all five of the Noles’ runs came via the long ball.
The Seminoles struck first with three runs in the third inning. Mendoza hit his first of two home runs, a two-run shot off Mercer starter Zach Graveno (1-1) that scored Mike Salvatore. Freshman Elijah Cabell made it back-to-back home runs for FSU with a 466-foot blast into the left field parking lot.
FSU starter Shane Drohan left in the fourth inning after a career-high 3.1 innings pitched. Conor Grady (1-0) entered with the bases loaded and notched a strikeout and a pop up to keep the Bears off the board. He finished with 2.1 innings pitched and retired all seven batters faced.
Sophomore Cooper Swanson homered for the third consecutive game to give FSU a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning. Swanson had two career home runs before this weekend. Mendoza’s second home run of the game and third of the weekend led off the seventh inning and extended FSU’s lead to 5-0.
Mercer avoided the shutout with a run in the eighth inning off Chase Haney. J.C. Flowers closed the game out with a perfect ninth inning.
With the win, FSU remains one of seven teams nationally without a loss on the season, joining Oregon State, Arizona State, NC State, Michigan, UMass and Tennessee.
Florida State hosts North Florida (8-5) Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
The Noles hold an 8-2 all-time advantage over the Ospreys, but the teams last met in 2010.
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