RALEIGH, N.C. – Florida State hit four home runs Saturday, including two from catcher Mat Nelson, to win a back-and-forth affair at NC State 15-11 to close the regular season. Second baseman Jackson Greene continued to swing a hot bat, reaching base in all five plate appearances with three hits, two walks, his second home run in as many games and a career-high four runs batted in.
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All ten Seminoles that had a plate appearance reached base at least once. The Noles drew nine walks and struck out just five times.
Nelson, the nation’s leader in home runs, had a career-high four hits and reached base five times. Nelson, Tyler Martin and Greene each scored three runs as the Noles erased a three-run deficit entering the seventh inning.
FSU scored 10 runs over the final four innings and held the Wolfpack off the board over the final three. Clayton Kwiatkowski (2-2) allowed two walks and no hits over the final two innings in the win. In total, FSU used seven pitchers.
Florida State’s 15 runs were a season high and helped overcome four errors in the field.
Starting pitcher Parker Messick allowed six runs in 4.2 innings, leaving after NC State hit back-to-back home runs to take a 6-5 lead. The Wolfpack pushed its lead to 11-8 with five runs in the sixth inning before the Noles scored the final seven runs in the game. FSU has won six consecutive Messick starts.
Nelson hit a two-run home run in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. Greene’s three-run home run gave FSU a 5-1 lead and Robby Martin added a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Nelson’s solo home run in the eighth inning tied the game before FSU scored four times in the ninth, including the go-ahead, game-winning RBI single from Logan Lacey. Lacey had three RBI on the day.
The ACC Championship will begin Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Fifth-seed Florida State will be paired with No. 4 seed Miami and No. 9 seed Duke in a pod and the league will announce game days and times Sunday morning.
T1 | FSU 2, NCS 0 Nelson home run, T. Martin scored
B1 | FSU 2, NCS 1 Butler single, McDonough scored
T4 | FSU 5, NCS 1 Greene home run, Baldor & De Sedas scored
B4 | FSU 5, NCS 2 Brown double, Torres scored
B4 | FSU 5, NCS 3 Mensik single, Brown scored
B5 | FSU 5, NCS 4 Tresh sacrifice fly, McDonough scored
B5 | FSU 5, NCS 5 Tatum home run
B5 | FSU 5, NCS 6 Torres home run
T6 | FSU 8, NCS 6 Lacey single, De Sedas & Greene scored; Lacey advanced to second on the throw, T. Martin scored on a throwing error
B6 | FSU 8, NCS 8 Butler double, Jarrett & McDonough scored
B6 | FSU 8, NCS 10 Tatum home run, Butler scored
B6 | FSU 8, NCS 11 Jarrett walked, Torres scored; Mensik advanced to second, Brown advanced to third
T7 | FSU 9, NCS 11 R. Martin home run
T7 | FSU 10, NCS 11 Greene walked, Smith scored; De Sedas advanced to second, Simmons advanced to third
T8 | FSU 11, NCS 11 Nelson home run
T9 | FSU 12, NCS 11 Lacey single, Greene scored; T. Martin advanced to third
T9 | FSU 13, NCS 11 T. Martin scored on a wild pitch; Lacey advanced to second
T9 | FSU 15, NCS 11 Cabell singled, Lacey & Nelson scored; R. Martin advanced to third
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