May 24, 2019
⚾: Noles Beat Wolfpack, Await Postseason Fate

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – CJ Van Eyk allowed just one hit over six innings and Florida State had 16 hits Friday night in an 11-0 victory over NC State in the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship.

Van Eyk (9-3) struck out 11 before J.C. Flowers worked the final inning. Flowers and Drew Mendoza each contributed three hits and three RBIs for the Seminoles (36-21).

The game was shortened to seven innings.

The Wolfpack (42-16) had already clinched a berth in Saturday’s semifinals. NC State will play Georgia Tech with the winner facing Boston College or North Carolina in Sunday’s title game.

The Seminoles scored twice in the first on Mendoza’s RBI double and Flowers’ single. They added two runs in the third and fourth innings and then tacked on four more in the fifth.

Mike Salvatore and Robby Martin each drove in a pair of runs for Florida State, which is hoping to get a berth in the NCAA tournament as an at-large selection when the field is announced on Monday at noon.

OF NOTE:

  • Friday night marked the final ACC Baseball Championship appearance for Florida State veteran head coach Mike Martin … Martin, who plans to retire at the end of this season, was honored in a pregame ceremony and presented with a plaque.
  • Martin has been a part of 41 consecutive NCAA tournament teams with FSU (39 straight as head coach) and has led the Seminoles to 16 College World Series appearances.
  • His 2,023 career wins are the most by any NCAA coach in any sport.
  • J.C. Flowers (52), Robby Martin (51) and Drew Mendoza (50) all reached the 50-RBI mark Friday.
  • CJ Van Eyk tied a career high with 11 strikeouts. He has 106 on the season, one more than teammate Drew Parrish for the team lead. It is the first time since at least 2003 that two Seminoles have recorded at least 100 strikeouts in the same season.
  • Florida State is the first major conference team in 2019 to have two players throw 100 strikeouts.
  • FSU run-ruled NC State Friday, the Seminoles first run-rule victory in the ACC Tournament since an 11-0 win against Virginia in 2006.
  • Florida State’s six doubles were a season high.

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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