TALLAHASSEE, Fl. — No. 14 Florida State (4-1) notched eight hits and scored 10 runs over the final three innings, topping Cincinnati (0-4) 11-4 Friday night at Dick Howser Stadium. Sophomore left fielder Elijah Cabell’s three-run home run gave FSU the lead in the sixth inning, while six FSU pitchers combined to allow just two earned runs.
Cabell finished with four RBI after drawing a bases loaded hit-by-pitch in the seventh inning. He was hit by a pair of pitches and also drew a walk against the Bearcats. Reese Albert and Robby Martin had a pair of hits in the late innings – Albert hit his first two doubles of the year, while Martin’s two-run single pushed FSU’s lead to 8-3 in the seventh inning.
Starting pitcher CJ Van Eyk struggled in the cold weather, with temperatures sitting in the 40s throughout the game. FSU’s junior ace allowed five hits and a pair of runs in 3.2 innings, while walking four and striking out three. Cincinnati’s first-inning run off the right-hander was unearned on FSU’s first of three errors on the night.
Tyler Ahearn (1-0) earned the win, striking out one and giving up an unearned run in the sixth inning. In the bottom of that frame, Nelson singled and Albert doubled before Cabell’s first home run of the season traveled 389 feet to right-center field for a 4-3 lead.
Cincinnati starter Evan Shawver did not allow a hit in five innings, with nine strikeouts. The Noles pounced against the Bearcat bullpen though, with eight hits, nine runs, four walks and two hit batters in the last three innings. Jackson Murphy (0-1) surrendered the home run to Cabell for the loss.
Jace Mercer, Cincinnati’s leadoff batter, was 3-for-4 Friday with a pair of doubles and a home run.
Florida State hosts Cincinnati for the second game of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. FSU will throw LHP Shane Drohan, while Cincinnati will counter with RHP Nathan Kroger. Both pitchers are looking for their first win of the season.