OXFORD, Miss. – Four Seminole pitchers, led by freshman starter Parker Messick, combined to allow just two unearned runs and strike out nine in Florida State’s 5-2 win vs. Southern Miss Friday to open the Oxford Regional. Florida State (31-22) scored the final five runs of the game on the strength of three home runs to knock off the Golden Eagles (37-20).
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Messick (8-2), the ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, struck out five and allowed seven hits. After the Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead on a pair of errors in the first inning, Messick continually worked out of trouble to keep FSU in the game.
Oxford Regional W!
F | FSU 5, USM 2 pic.twitter.com/5WqjbjGUm5
— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) June 4, 2021
Trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning, Tyler Martin reached on a two-base fielding error on a dropped pop fly before Logan Lacey tied the game with his eighth home run of the season over the Seminole bullpen in left field. Two batters later, Elijah Cabell lofted a ball into the FSU bullpen for a 3-2 lead.
Southern Miss pitcher Hunter Stanley (6-4) allowed three runs in 6.0 innings.
After Messick closed out USM in the sixth, Hunter Perdue recorded an out in the seventh before Jonah Scolaro came in for his fourth career NCAA Tournament appearance. The junior lefthander pitched 1.1 innings, into the eighth, before Jack Anderson earned his fifth save of the year with 1.1 innings pitched.
In the eighth inning, sophomore catcher Mat Nelson, the ACC Player of the Year, blasted a two-run home run off Ben Ethridge that provided the final margin. Nelson entered the postseason tied with South Carolina’s Wes Clarke for the national home run lead and both players hit their 23rd of the year on Friday.
The Seminoles will now play the winner of the Ole Miss and Southeast Missouri State Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET.
B1 | FSU 0, USM 1 Fischer reached on fielding error, Montenegro scored; Trimble advanced to third
B1 | FSU 0, USM 2 Sargent singled, Trimble scored; Fischer advanced to second
T6 | FSU 2, USM 2 Lacey home run, T. Martin scored
T6 | FSU 3, USM 2 Cabell home run
T8 | FSU 5, USM 2 Nelson home run, Lacey scored
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