LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Seminoles.com) — Catcher Mat Nelson hit his ACC-leading 13th home run, and Elijah Cabell added his eighth of the season, but Florida State (16-12, 11-10 ACC) dropped the series finale at No. 7 Louisville (20-10, 12-5) 11-4 Sunday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Seminoles used nine pitchers in the game. Only starter Conor Grady (5.0 IP, 3 ER) and Ross Dunn (1.0 IP) recorded more than one out.
Louisville scored a run in the second and third inning to take a 2-0 lead before Nelson’s game-tying two-run home run off Luke Smith. Nelson leads the ACC with 13 home runs and 39 runs batted in. Nelson later doubled, giving him seven on the season and a double in every game of the series.
In the sixth, Cabell hit a two-run home run that gave FSU a 4-2 lead. It was Cabell’s eighth home run of the year and his seventh in the past 10 games and chased Smith from the game.
The Cardinals responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead before adding six runs in the seventh to provide the final margin. Tate Kuehner (2-3) walked a batter in 0.2 innings to earn the win. Jonah Scolaro (0-2) lost for the second time this weekend, allowing a hit and the final run of the sixth inning.
FSU had just four hits in the game but did draw seven walks.
Shortstop Nander De Sedas was removed from the game during his first at-bat when a bunt attempt bounced up and hit him in the eye. Jackson Greene replaced him and drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch in four plate appearances.
Florida State is back in action Tuesday at Florida. The Seminoles have won the past two games in the series, including on March 16 in Tallahassee earlier this year.
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