WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest (13-1) scored nine consecutive runs in Friday’s series opener against No. 8 Florida State (8-5), topping the Seminoles 9-3 at Couch Ballpark in the conference opener for both teams. Parker Messick (2-1) struck out 11 Wake hitters, but three fifth-inning runs dealt the left-hander his first loss since February 2021, a span of 17 starts and 10 decisions.
The Seminoles led 2-0 through four innings, with a run against Wake Forest starter Rhett Lowder (4-0) in the second and third inning. The Noles took a 1-0 lead on Colton Vincent’s bases-loaded walk in the second and Logan Lacey plated Brett Roberts on a double in the third.
Messick struck out 11 Wake Forest batters, his most in a road game in his career. He worked around trouble in the first inning, but after Danny Corona’s solo home run cut the lead in half, Adam Cecere lined a two-out, two-strike single to right field that gave Wake a 3-2 lead.
Wake Forest added four runs in the sixth inning on three singles and a three-run home run from Corona, his second of the game. Corona finished with six RBI after a two-run single in the eighth inning.
Brock Mathis hit his second home run as a Seminole to lead off the ninth inning. He entered in place of Vincent behind the plate in the seventh inning.
T2 | FSU 1, Wake 0 Vincent walked, Lacey scored
T3 | FSU 2, Wake 0 Lacey doubled, Roberts scored
B5 | FSU 2, Wake 1 Corona home run
B5 | FSU 2, Wake 3 Cecere singled, Bennett & Turconi scored
B6 | FSU 2, Wake 4 Reinisch singled, Tinsman scored
B6 | FSU 2, Wake 7 Corona home run, Kurtz & Reinisch scored
B8 | FSU 2, Wake 9 Corona singled, Kurtz & Hawke scored
T9 | FSU 3, Wake 9 Mathis home run
Florida State and Wake Forest will play Saturday at 1:00 p.m. FSU’s Bryce Hubbart and Wake Forest’s Josh Hartle will both be looking for their fourth win of the season. The game will air in Tallahassee on Bally Sports Sun.
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