TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida State rallied in the bottom of the tenth to win its Atlantic Coast Conference opener Friday 9-8 against Virginia Tech on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles improved to 12-0 while Virginia Tech dropped to 8-4. Junior J.C. Flowers delivered the game-winning, walk-off double that scored three runs and kept the Seminoles perfect on the year.
| J.C. Flowers delivered! The boys brought some late night magic to Dick Howser Stadium! pic.twitter.com/p0KDPqrqCx
— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball)
March 9, 2019
Conor Grady (2-0) allowed two runs in the top of the 10th inning after pitching a scoreless ninth. Luke Scherzer (1-2), the Hokies projected Game Two starter, gave up the final two runs without recording an out.
After allowing two runs in the top of the 10th, the Seminoles came to the plate with the game on the line. Mike Salvatore walked to lead off and Elijah Cabell was hit by a pitch with two outs. Walk-on senior Tim Becker battled to earn a six-pitch walk, loading the bases for Flowers. Flowers watched the first pitch for a strike and then smoked a ball to center field, off the wall, for the Seminoles second walk-off in as many games and third of the season.
Trailing since a three-run second inning from the Hokies, Florida State rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Freshmen Alec Sanchez and Nander De Sedas both walked with one out and Nico Baldor pinch hit for Cooper Swanson and sent a ball over the third baseman’s head, scoring Sanchez and advancing De Sedas. Third baseman Drew Mendoza doubled to deep center field, driving in both runners, and tying the game at 6-6.
Florida State and Virginia Tech each hit three home runs in the first four innings, giving the Hokies a 4-3 advantage. The visitors built the lead to 6-3 with a pair of runs off FSU reliever Clayton Kwiatkowski in the seventh inning.
FSU starter Drew Parrish went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and tying a season high with eight strikeouts. Tech starter Ian Seymour pitched five innings, allowing three home runs but leaving with a one-run advantage.
Florida State and Virginia Tech wrap the series with a doubleheader Saturday. Game one begins at 12:00 p.m. and game two will begin 45 minutes after the completion of game one. Tickets for either game will get fans into the park Saturday and the stadium will not be cleared between games.
FSU will throw RHP CJ Van Eyk in game one and LHP Shane Drohan in game two. Both games will stream on ACC Network Extra.
Virginia Tech announced after Friday’s game that LHP Chris Gerard will start Saturday’s first game.
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