It’s the formula that works best for Florida State baseball this season: solid throws and long balls.
Behind another strong start from ACC Pitcher of the Year Parker Messick and a three-time home run, the Seminoles returned from an early deficit to beat Southern Miss 5-2 Friday in Game 1 of the Oxford Regional.
FSU will play again Saturday night against the winners of Ole Miss-Southeast Missouri State.
“We will continue to do what we do,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin Jr. “It might not look pretty. But we have a lot of winners… I will always go against them, special group.”
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The Seminoles landed early in the first inning. mainly due to errors in the double field The first four batters on the Miss Southern Miss list reached Parker Messick, but FSU̵7;s lefty ace agreed afterward and did not allow another Golden Eagle to touch the main plate.
He went six innings and spread seven shots and allowed zero earned runs.
“He is a great example of what you want in a student-athlete,” Martin Jr. said. “Things are not going his way. a few balls at the end of the bat error a few times And what did he do? He gave us six[innings]kept us in the ball game and gave us chances.
“He’s a gangster. And that’s a good thing.”
Messick said: “One mistake won’t kill me. for the rest of the game You have to give your team a chance… At that point my job was to add zeros for me. Invade so they can bring us back. And it went well tonight.”
After a slow start, FSU’s fault finally found life in the sixth inning.
Tyler Martin reached for the flying ball from the right fielder. After the Southern Miss started pitcher Hunter Stanley screamed at his teammates for the error. He later surrendered a two-run homer to Logan Lacey on the pitch 0-2, then he walked with Matt Nelson before Robbie. Martin will play in pairs.
Then Elijah Cabelle also hit the 15th homer of the season again on the pitch 0-2 to give the Seminoles their first regional lead. Cabelle was actually tricked on the pitch. But still put the barrel on it and sent it over the fence.
Martin Jr. said, “He is very strong. You don’t need to use just one arm to hit.”
Florida State then extended its lead to eighth place. Lacey took the opportunity with a double on the left field in the first field. then nelson The ACC Player of the Year pumped a 2-0 fastball over the fence in the left field to give the Seminoles a 5-2 lead as their 23rd homer of the catch season.
“He’s just a beast,” Lacey said of Nelson, who was once again tied to national leadership in Homer.
That was more than enough for FSU’s patronage, which did not allow a run to sew the victory. Jack Anderson recorded the last four deeps to advance the Seminoles to Saturday night’s winners’ showdown.
Martin Jr. said the coaching staff had not yet decided who would start tomorrow night. But will it be the red shirt rookie Bryce Hubbart or Conor Grady, the red shirt junior?
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