The story of Tim Becker isn’t over yet.
The Florida State senior played a pivotal role yet again in the Seminoles’ 6-4 victory against the LSU Tigers in game one. With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Becker popped a ball into left field for a sacrifice fly, and drove home what would eventually prove to be the winning run.
The offense struggled early, however. LSU pitchers Cole Henry and Todd Peterson combined to throw a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Although they Seminoles couldn’t tally any hits early on, they managed to draw six walks. It wasn’t until a Robby Martin single with one out in the sixth that the no-hit bid was broken up.
Drew Parrish, who also started in the first game of the Athens regional, struggled a bit in today’s outing. After a 1-2-3 first inning, he lost control in the second. A wild pitch allowed LSU’s Daniel Cabrera to advance to third, and then was driven home by Brandt Broussard for the first score of the game. LSU would score exactly one run in each inning through the fifth.
FSU got on the board in the sixth inning when Drew Mendoza scored on a Matheu Nelson single.
Through the first six innings, the FSU offense looked much like the offense from earlier in the year. It was stagnant with very little signs of life. The seventh inning, however, looked more like the same Seminoles that put up 22 runs against Georgia just one week prior. With two runners on, Reese Albert forced a full count and saw nine pitches before drilling the tenth pitch of the at-bat out of Alex Box Stadium and off of the roof of the baseball offices in right field.
“I kind of knew as soon as I hit it,” said Albert.
The game was tied at four going into the eighth inning, setting up Tim Becker’s go-ahead sac fly. Reese Albert would tack on another insurance run in the ninth. This time, a solo home run.
J.C. Flowers was brought in to close out the final two innings. He cruised through the eighth, but the crowd of 11,636 at Alex Box Stadium came to life when leadoff hitter Chris Reid reached base to start the ninth, and Zach Watson reached base on balls. With two out, Flowers got Antoine Duplantis to pop out to the catcher, clinching a game one victory for FSU.
The crowd at Alex Box Stadium was electric, but it didn’t affect Flowers or the rest of the team too much. Mike Martin deflected the credit to his players.
“I wish I could say I had something to do with it. It’s just them. They’re winners and it takes winners to overcome this great environment that is here,” Martin said.
This win clinches victory number 40 for the season, and now extends Mike Martin and FSU’s streak of 42 straight seasons of 40 wins or more.
Game two is on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST. CJ Van Eyk will take the mound for FSU. He’s coming off a solid performance against Georgi, in which he allowed three runs in eight innings, and struck out nine.