TALLAHASSEE – Florida State (21-13, 9-8 ACC) defeated No. 9 Louisville (24-10, 9-5 ACC) 9-4 Friday night to clinch the series against the ACC Atlantic Division leaders. Freshman Treyton Rank had a career day with four hits, four RBI, two runs scored and finished a home run shy of the 10th cycle in FSU history.
LHP Bryce Hubbart (6-1) started for the Noles, pitching 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and just one run allowed, lowering his season ERA to 2.82. Relievers Davis Hare, Conner Whittaker, Dylan Jacobs and Dylan Simmons pitched the remainder of the game. Louisville struck for three runs in the ninth inning after FSU had extended its lead to 9-1.
FSU jumped to an early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, in large part to a Rank triple scoring three runs. All five runs were scored with two outs and was the third straight game FSU has had a five-run inning early in the game.
Alex Toral unleashed a 413-foot home run to the opposite field, his third consecutive game with a home run. He leads FSU with 11 home runs and 34 RBI.
Jared Poland (2-2) pitched four innings for the Cardinals, recording seven strikeouts. All six of the runs he allowed were unearned.
The Seminoles had runners on base all night, scoring nine and stranding 12. Logan Lacey and Jackson Greene both drew three walks, Tyler Martin had a hit and two walks and Jaime Ferrer had a hit and was twice hit by a pitch.
B1 | UL 0, FSU 1 Albert singled, Martin scored
B1 | UL 0, FSU 2 Carrion hit by pitch, Ferrer scored
B1 | UL 0, FSU 5 Rank tripled, Albert, Greene & Carrion scored
T3 | UL 1, FSU 5 Metzinger doubled, Benson scored
B3 | UL 1, FSU 6 Rank singled, Carrion scored
🍁 | UL 1, FSU 7 Martin grounded out, Rank scored
B6 | UL 1, FSU 8 Toral home run
B7 | UL 1, FSU 9 Lacey walked, Rank scored
T9 | UL 3, FSU 9 Masterman doubled, Bianco & Knapczyk scored
T9 | UL 4, FSU 9 Rushing sacrifice fly, Metzinger scored
The series finale against Louisville is Saturday at 1:00 p.m. LHP Ross Dunn will pitch for the Seminoles.
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