MACON, Ga. – For the second consecutive game, No. 10 Florida State (5-3) lost in extra innings, falling 6-5 in 11 innings Tuesday night to Mercer (8-1) at OrthoGeorgia Park in Macon. The Bears scored the final five runs of the game, including a bases-loaded walk-off single by Bill Knight.
Third baseman Brett Roberts had three of Florida State’s 11 hits, including a fifth-inning home run that gave FSU a 5-1 lead. After Mercer took a 1-0 lead against Carson Montgomery in the first inning, Logan Lacey hit a two-run triple in the third inning and scored on an error by the catcher on the same play.
In the fourth, Lacey hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Carrion before Roberts’ home run in the fifth inning.
Conner Whittaker entered with two runners on base and no outs in the fifth inning. Mercer scored a run on a passed ball, but two strikeouts and a flyout ended the Bears’ threat. In the sixth, Trevor Austin hit a solo home run, but Whittaker rallied to retire the final five batters he faced.
Mercer scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning after two walks, a wild pitch and a single. The Bears tied the game on a throwing error before Jackson Nezuh struck out two batters with the bases loaded to extend the game.
Jackson Baumeister (0-2) struck out the side in the 10th before allowing Knight’s walk-off single in the 11th.
B1 | FSU 0, Mercer 1 Price grounded out, DiSpigna scored
T3 | FSU 3, Mercer 1 Lacey tripled, Vincent & Rank scored; Lacey scored on fielding error
T4 | FSU 4, Mercer 1 Lacey sac fly, Carrion scored
T5 | FSU 5, Mercer 1 Roberts home run
B5 | FSU 5, Mercer 2 Mapes scored on passed ball
B6 | FSU 5, Mercer 3 Austin home run
B9 | FSU 5, Mercer 5 Burke singled, Austin scored; Franklin scored on throwing error
B11 | FSU 5, Mercer 6 Knight singled, Rohrbacher scored
Florida State heads back to Tallahassee for a three-game series against the visiting Cal Bears. This will be the first series between the teams in program history, with FSU winning the only previous game in the 1992 College World Series.
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