TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –Moments after the first pitch was thrown, rain fell at Dick Howser Stadium. The slippery game ended in an 8-5 Noles victory.
FSU took a big lead early rocking in six runs in the first inning.
“When you go up six to nothing you better not relax, you better not think you have this thing all figured out,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “They are going to come back at you, and that’s exactly what they did. They really battled.”
Seminoles Senior Mike Compton dashed through the first two innings only to give up one run in the third. NC State came back in the fourth and scored three runs, bringing the score to 6-3 at the end of the inning. Junior Jim Voyles came to the mound to replace Compton at the bottom of the fourth, only for the Wolf Pack to come back a score a run bringing the score to 6-4.
FSU redshirt senior Matthew Kinney started the sixth strong. He threw 24 pitches and gave up one run bringing the Wolf Pack within one run of the Noles. By the bottom of the sixth, FSU had changed pitchers three times.
“Our bullpen has been used a lot this year, and i think the best part about it is that we’ve all been used in different situations. Tonight was the first time I was expected this long,” Kinney said.
NC State Sam Adler steps up at the mound to strike out Taylor Walls to close the sixth. In the seventh, FSU freshman Cal Raleigh hit his third home run of the season. This bomb also brought in an RBI, bringing the score to 8-5.
“I didn’t think it was gone. I hit it good though, it was a nice surprise,” Raleigh said.
Taylor Warmoth came in 9th and struck out 2 batters to seal the victory.
FSU improved its record to 18-5 overall and looks to continue its winning streak the March 26 at noon in a doubleheader against NC State.