TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 24 Florida State (17-13, 12-10 ACC) hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in a 10-2 win over Boston College (14-17, 4-15) Friday night at Dick Howser Stadium. Golden Spikes Award nominee Parker Messick improved to 3-2 with five solid innings on the mound, racking up eight strikeouts while allowing a pair of runs.
Mat Nelson’s grand slam in the third inning got the Seminoles on the board, and Tyler Martin’s grand slam in the seventh inning made the score 9-2. Nander De Sedas led off the fourth with a solo home run and Elijah Cabell laced an RBI double in the eighth inning to provide FSU’s final run.
Messick leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 77 strikeouts on the season and won his first game since March 19 at Miami. The freshman threw five innings and allowed six hits while striking out eight.
Wyatt Crowell and Cabell, FSU’s five and six hitters, combined to reach base in eight of nine plate appearances. Crowell was 3-for-4 at the plate, while Cabell drew three walks, had a single and an RBI double.
Nelson’s grand slam in the third inning got the Seminoles on the board. Joe Mancini (1-1) walked Vince Smith, Tyler Martin and Robby Martin before Nelson sent the eighth pitch of the at-bat 423 feet off the scoreboard in left field for his 14th home run, and second grand slam, of the season.
Nelson leads the ACC with 14 home runs and 43 runs batted in this season.
De Sedas led off the fourth inning with a solo home run against relief pitcher Joe Vetrano. It was De Sedas’s fifth home run of the season, all five coming in ACC play.
Boston College cut the lead to 5-2 in the fifth inning on two infield singles, a walk, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly. With two runners on and one out, Messick struck out Vince Cimini and Ramon Jimenez grounded out to Messick to limit the damage.
Chase Haney made his 22nd appearance of the year and recorded four outs. With two runners on in the seventh, Jonah Scolaro forced a double play to end the frame.
In the bottom of the inning, Crowell singled, tying his career high with three hits. Elijah Cabell walked for the third time and Reese Albert was hit by a pitch before Tyler Martin unloaded for FSU’s second grand slam of the game. It was FSU’s first game with two grand slams since April 17, 2015, when DJ Stewart and Chris Marconcini did it against Pittsburgh.
Jack Anderson struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning and Brandon Walker worked around a hit and a walk to strike out a pair in the ninth inning.
Brian Dempsey was 4-for-4 at the plate, accounting for nearly half of the Eagles’ nine hits. The Seminole pitching staff combined to strike out 15 batters against just three walks.
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