April 9, 2017 - by
Mendoza Hits First Career Home Run, But Wolfpack Take Series

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s five runs scored with two outs proved to be enough for the Wolfpack in beating No. 22 Florida State, 8-3, Sunday afternoon on Doak Field. Florida State (21-13, 7-8 ACC) freshman Drew Mendoza hit his first career home run and had a pair of hits on the day, but NC State (18-15, 7-8 ACC) racked up 13 hits to win the series.

“It’s a credit to NC State,” head coach Mike Martin said. “They did a good job of battling and got the hits when they needed. They took advantage of our mistakes.”

Drew Parrish (3-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3.1 innings pitched. NC State scored four runs in the first inning after Parrish retired the first two batters, and tacked on a two-out run in the third to make the score 5-0.

Mendoza’s home run in the fourth was a blast that hit halfway up the scoreboard in right center field, 380 feet from home, and trimmed NC State’s lead to 5-2. The freshman had three extra base hits and six RBI on the weekend.

The Seminoles could not maintain the momentum of Mendoza’s home run, however, allowing two runs in the bottom of the fourth and another in the sixth.

Quincy Nieporte added his team-high 40th and 41st RBI in the eighth and ninth innings to provide the final margin. In the eighth, Nieporte singled to score Tyler Daughtry, and in the ninth drew a bases loaded walk to score J.C. Flowers. After Nieporte walked, FSU had the tying run at the plate in Cal Raleigh, but the sophomore catcher grounded out to end the game.

NC State starter Michael Bienlien (2-1) went six innings, allowing just the two runs off Mendoza’s homer. Dalton Feeney got his first save of the year, forcing Raleigh’s grounder on the only batter he faced.

Mendoza Hits First Career Home Run, But Wolfpack Take Series

In relief of Parrish, Grant Stewart, Will Zirzow, Jim Voyles and Drew Carlton combined to allow one run on five hits while striking out three.

“We have to keep our head up and keep fighting,” Martin said.

Next up, Florida State will host No. 7 Florida Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown at Dick Howser Stadium.

Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra or listen to Eric Luallen live on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee.

Postgame Notes:

– Drew Mendoza’s first career home run, in the fourth inning, was his second hit of the game. On the weekend, Mendoza was 6-for-12 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored, six RBI, a walk and a hit by pitch.

– Rhett Aplin and J.C. Flowers each had an outfield assist in the fifth inning. Entering the game, FSU had just three outfield assists on the year (Aplin 2, Wells 1).

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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