FSU Bats Come Alive In Series Sweep of Oakland

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State’s offense showed up again in big numbers Sunday, as they completed the three-game sweep of Oakland in a 14-6 victory. FSU scored 12 or more runs in all three games this weekend against the Grizzlies.

Florida State (9-2) got on the board quickly with a first inning sacrifice fly by Quincy Nieporte (2-for-3, 3 RBI).

Starting pitching was a slight issue again for the Seminoles. After a relatively quiet first inning and a strikeout to start the second, freshman Drew Parrish found himself in a bases loaded jam. That’s when Oakland’s Tyler Janish knocked a single into left to score Connor Fannon. Parrish struck out the next batter, but Zach Sterry hit a two-run single to left field to give the Grizzlies (1-10) a 3-1 lead.

As with the first two games of the weekend, the Seminole bats didn’t die down. They got Oakland into a bases loaded situation of their own, with the first three Seminoles reaching base. Nick Derr and Dylan Busby scored to tie the game.

The Seminoles broke the tie when Jackson Lueck laid down a bunt and Sterry couldn’t field the throw at first base, allowing Tyler Daughtry to score. Nieporte hit a two-out single to drive in his second RBI of the day. It was the third time this weekend Florida State put up five or more runs in an inning.

Parrish and the Seminoles ran into trouble again in the third inning. With a run already across for the Grizzlies, Busby made a bad throw to first, allowing Matt Dileo to score and get Oakland within a run.

Walls hit a two-run single in the bottom of the inning to give FSU an 8-5 cushion, but he was tagged out while trying to stretch the play into a double.

Parrish pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning, but that would be the end of his day. Over four innings, he gave up four earned runs, five hits, and struck out five.

The Seminoles put up four more runs in the sixth inning, Nieporte opened the scoring for the inning with a home run to left field. Later in the inning, Daughtry drove home two runners on a double to right field. The freshman collected three runs, three hits, and three RBI Sunday.

Eight of Florida State’s nine starters recorded a hit this afternoon, which capped off a weekend in which the Seminoles scored 44 runs.

“I’m comfortable that we’ve got a number of guys that we can put out there on a daily basis,” Florida State manager Mike Martin said.

While the Seminoles got plenty of insurance runs, the bullpen helped shut out the Grizzlies down the stretch. Jim Voyles, Alec Byrd, and Drew Carlton combined to pitch 4 innings and allow on unearned run, three hits, and one walk.

The Seminoles travel to Central Florida Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home to start their conference schedule against Boston College on Friday. Andrew Karp is set to start on Tuesday.

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