CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Florida State (23-13, 11-8) extended its ACC winning streak to five games with a 14-2 win over Virginia (22-17, 8-11) Thursday night at Davenport Field. Left-hander Drew Parrish (5-3) had his second straight quality start, throwing six innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits and striking out six.
Offensively, the Seminoles had 13 hits, drew 11 walks and were hit by three pitches. The 14 runs scored were FSU’s most against Virginia since 2002. J.C. Flowers had four RBI on a two-run home run and a two-run single, while Robby Martin added three RBI.
Against Virginia, FSU had 10 hits with runners on base; nine with runners in scoring position; and nine with two outs. The Noles hit 13-for-39 overall in the game.
Florida State capitalized on a walk in the first inning when Martin singled to score Reese Albert. Albert was playing his first game since March 29, missing 10 games with a shoulder injury. Flowers followed with his ninth home run of the season, a two-run blast into the left field bleachers to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
The Cavaliers responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring an unearned run on a single, two errors and an RBI grounder. The Cavaliers reached on back-to-back errors, but Parrish got a strikeout and a ground out to escape without further damage. Both of Virginia’s runs Thursday were unearned.
The Noles immediately responded in the second, with a leadoff double from Elijah Cabell and an RBI single from Nander De Sedas. Mike Salvatore’s team-high 34th RBI, on a single up the middle, extended the FSU lead to 5-1 through two innings.
Virginia had its share of runners on base against Parrish, stranding eight through the first six innings. Virginia had a base runner in five of six innings, including a leadoff double in the sixth, but Parrish worked around runners on base throughout the night.
FSU added three runs in the fourth inning aided by a leadoff walk. After De Sedas stole second base, he scored on Albert’s RBI single for a 6-1 lead. Drew Mendoza walked and both runners scored on Martin’s 13th double of the season. The Garnet and Gold threatened in the fifth, but left the bases loaded against reliever Chesdin Harrington.
Evan Sperling walked four batters in the seventh, the last of which scored Nico Baldor for FSU’s run. Ben Harris gave up a bases loaded walk, a hit batter and a two-run single to Flowers for a 13-1 Seminole lead. Flowers had FSU’s only hit in the five-run inning.
After an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, De Sedas walked and scored on a passed ball for the final run of the game in the eighth inning.
Virginia native Cade Hungate, from Abingdon, pitched the final inning, forcing the third double play of the game for the final out.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday at 6:00 p.m. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
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