AUBURN, ALA. – Three-seed Florida State (34-23) beat two-seed UCLA (38-23) Friday 5-3 to record the first win of the 2022 NCAA Baseball Tournament. FSU advances to the winner’s bracket and will play either Auburn or SE Louisiana Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Parker Messick (7-5) allowed a pair of runs with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings for his first win away from Dick Howser Stadium this season. Wyatt Crowell, Jonah Scolaro and Davis Hare combined for four innings out of the bullpen, with the only run scoring on a wild pitch. Hare recorded five outs for his team-high fourth save of the season.
The Seminoles took an early lead against UCLA’s Max Rajcic (8-5). With two outs in the first, Jaime Ferrer doubled and scored on James Tibbs’ RBI single, the first at-bat in the NCAA Tournament for both true freshmen.
Messick allowed a leadoff single before retiring the next 10 Bruins batters. Rajcic sat down 11 straight before Colton Vincent singled, Tyler Martin walked and Jordan Carrion hit his first triple of the season to extend FSU’s lead to 3-0 in the fifth.
Messick retired the first two batters of the fifth before UCLA responded with two runs – on a solo home run from Carson Yates and an RBI single by Jake Palmer. Messick threw 85 pitches over 5.0 innings, with four strikeouts and four hits allowed.
Tibbs drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, moved to third on Brett Roberts’ double and scored on Reese Albert’s groundout. Rajcic allowed four runs over 6.0 innings.
Crowell loaded the bases with three walks in the sixth, but escaped without allowing a run. The Bruins did cut the lead to 4-3 in the eighth on a wild pitch, but Hare stranded a runner on third to maintain the lead.
Alex Toral smashed a solo home run in the ninth – his team-best 15th of the year – to provide the final margin.
T1 | FSU 1, UCLA 0 Tibbs singled, Ferrer scored
T5 | FSU 3, UCLA 0 Carrion tripled, Vincent & Martin scored
B5 | FSU 3, UCLA 1 Yates home run
B5 | FSU 3, UCLA 2 Palmer singled, Oyama scored
T6 | FSU 4, UCLA 2 Albert grounded out, Tibbs scored
B8 | FSU 4, UCLA 3 Gourson scored on a wild pitch
T9 | FSU 5, UCLA 3 Toral home run
Florida State will play top-seed Auburn Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET. LHP Bryce Hubbart (8-2) will throw for the Seminoles.
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