March 3, 2019

⚾️: Noles Finish Sweep of Mercer

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.


Box Score

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.

Of Note

  • Starting pitcher Shane Drohan set a career high with 3.1 innings pitched.
  • Mike Salvatore stole his first base of the year. FSU is 7-for-9 on stolen base attempts this season.
  • Drew Mendoza hit his fourth and fifth home runs of the season, most on the team. He is the first Seminole with a two-home run game since Cal Raleigh at Clemson last season.
  • Elijah Cabell followed Mendoza’s first home run with his third home run of the season. It was the second time in 2019 that FSU hit back-to-back home runs (Reese Albert and Mendoza against Youngstown State).
  • FSU has hit 20 home runs in 10 games this year; last season, FSU hit home run No. 20 in game 22.
  • Robby Martin singled in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Seven of Mercer’s 11 strikeouts were caught looking. On the season, FSU pitchers have hit double-digit strikeouts in 7 of 10 games.
  • Florida State did not commit an error in three games against Mercer and has just two in 2019.
  • FSU’s bullpen through 10 games has compiled a 1.20 ERA in 45 innings, a 5-0 record and 48 strikeouts.
  • Head coach Mike Martin is three wins away from 2,000 for his career. He is the winningest coach in college baseball history.

Up Next

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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