TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida State University baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning and secured a strong outing from its starting pitcher to cruise to an 8-1 victory against the University of Louisville Thursday night at Howser Stadium.
The contest was the first game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Howser.
FSU (20-13, 8-8 ACC) ended a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second.
A Colton Vincent RBI groundout gave the ‘Noles a 1-0 lead.
With runners on base, Florida State’s Jaime Ferrer delivered a two-run double to up the Seminole lead to 3-0.
Alex Toral put the finishing touches on the frame with a two-run home run to right field to up the Florida State advantage to five runs.
Ferrer added to his standout game with a two-run homer to left field in the seventh to increase the lead to 7-0.
Ferrer went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, four RBI, a double and a home run.
Louisville (24-9, 9-4 ACC) scored a run on a passed ball by FSU in the top of the eighth inning to trim the deficit to 7-1.
In the bottom of the inning, Logan Lacey brought home a run on a sacrifice fly out to give the Seminoles an 8-1 lead.
Parker Messick bounced back from his outing against Georgia Tech last weekend during his start against the Cardinals Thursday.
Messick pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up five hits, no earned runs, no walks and struck out 14 batters to secure the win on the mound.
He improved his individual record to 5-2 on the season.
Louisville’s Jack Payton registered two hits, while Kaleb Corbett pitched four innings, gave up five earned runs, no walks and struck out six batters in the loss.