TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Catcher Mat Nelson continued to swing a hot bat Saturday, hitting a three-run home run and recording four RBI in Florida State’s 5-1 win over Boston College. The Seminoles (18-13, 13-10 ACC) got 5.2 strong innings from starting pitcher Bryce Hubbart (4-2), beating the Eagles (14-18, 4-16) for the second straight day.
Over his past eight games, Nelson has five home runs and 21 runs batted in. The sophomore leads the ACC and ranks in the Top 5 nationally with 15 home runs and 47 RBI.
Nelson’s 15th home run of the season gave the Seminoles a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. After Tyler Martin and Logan Lacey walked to open the inning, Nelson hit a home run off the scoreboard in left field to give FSU its first lead. Emmet Sheehan (3-3) had not allowed a baserunner before Martin’s walk.
Boston College opened the game with a single, double and walk to load the bases with no outs. Hubbart proceeded to strikeout the next three batters, but the Eagles did score on a passed ball for the early 1-0 lead.
Hubbart earned his fourth win of the year, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing just one run while striking out eight.
Ramon Jimenez hit a double to start the fourth inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Hubbart struck out Chris Galland and Peter Burns grounded out to first to keep the FSU deficit at one.
Designated hitter Garrett Mathes singled to start the fifth inning, followed by Nander De Sedas’s fifth double of the season. Mathes scored on Tyler Martin’s sacrifice fly for a 4-1 FSU lead.
Chase Haney, Clayton Kwiatkowski, Jack Anderson and Hunter Perdue combined to pitch 3.1 innings, allowing one hit while striking out six. In three games this week, the Seminole bullpen has a 0.71 ERA in 12.2 innings, with 21 strikeouts and just six hits allowed.
Nelson capped the scoring in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly, his first of the year.
Game three of the series is set for 1:00 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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