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Strong Offense Backs Another Parrish Gem

Flowers, Martin lead bats; Parrish 0 ER last 14 IP
Posted at 11:47 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 00:07:29-04

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.Florida State (23-13, 11-8) extended its ACC winning streak to five games with a 14-2 win over Virginia (22-17, 8-11) Thursday night at Davenport Field. Left-hander Drew Parrish (5-3) had his second straight quality start, throwing six innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits and striking out six.


Box Score

Offensively, the Seminoles had 13 hits, drew 11 walks and were hit by three pitches. The 14 runs scored were FSU’s most against Virginia since 2002. J.C. Flowers had four RBI on a two-run home run and a two-run single, while Robby Martin added three RBI.

Against Virginia, FSU had 10 hits with runners on base; nine with runners in scoring position; and nine with two outs. The Noles hit 13-for-39 overall in the game.

Florida State capitalized on a walk in the first inning when Martin singled to score Reese Albert. Albert was playing his first game since March 29, missing 10 games with a shoulder injury. Flowers followed with his ninth home run of the season, a two-run blast into the left field bleachers to give FSU a 3-0 lead.

The Cavaliers responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring an unearned run on a single, two errors and an RBI grounder. The Cavaliers reached on back-to-back errors, but Parrish got a strikeout and a ground out to escape without further damage. Both of Virginia’s runs Thursday were unearned.

The Noles immediately responded in the second, with a leadoff double from Elijah Cabell and an RBI single from Nander De Sedas. Mike Salvatore’s team-high 34th RBI, on a single up the middle, extended the FSU lead to 5-1 through two innings.

Virginia had its share of runners on base against Parrish, stranding eight through the first six innings. Virginia had a base runner in five of six innings, including a leadoff double in the sixth, but Parrish worked around runners on base throughout the night.

FSU added three runs in the fourth inning aided by a leadoff walk. After De Sedas stole second base, he scored on Albert’s RBI single for a 6-1 lead. Drew Mendoza walked and both runners scored on Martin’s 13th double of the season. The Garnet and Gold threatened in the fifth, but left the bases loaded against reliever Chesdin Harrington.

Evan Sperling walked four batters in the seventh, the last of which scored Nico Baldor for FSU’s run. Ben Harris gave up a bases loaded walk, a hit batter and a two-run single to Flowers for a 13-1 Seminole lead. Flowers had FSU’s only hit in the five-run inning.

After an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, De Sedas walked and scored on a passed ball for the final run of the game in the eighth inning.

Virginia native Cade Hungate, from Abingdon, pitched the final inning, forcing the third double play of the game for the final out.


  • The win was FSU’s and head coach Mike Martin’s 500th regular season ACC win. Martin is 500-232-0 in 28 years against ACC competition. His 500 wins are 95 more than No. 2 Danny Hall’s 405.
  • FSU’s 14 runs were its most against Virginia since 2002.
  • Over his last two outings, Drew Parrish has thrown 14.0 innings, given up eight hits, three walks and had 18 strikeouts. He has not allowed an earned run in that span and his ERA has dropped from 6.21 to 4.53.
  • Outfielder Reese Albert made his first appearance since March 29, going 1-for-3 with two RBI and a career-high three runs scored in six innings played.
  • Nander De Sedas also tied a career high with three runs scored.
  • Drew Mendoza, Robby Martin and J.C. Flowers all cracked the 30 RBI mark for the season. Mendoza drew a bases loaded walk and has 30; Martin had three RBI and has 32, while J.C. Flowers hit a two-run home run and a two-run single and has 33. Only Mike Salvatore, with 34, has more.
  • Martin has a team-high seven games with at least three RBI this year. Flowers has a team-high 10 multi-RBI games.
  • Flowers hit his ninth home run of the season in the first inning, putting a two-run blast into the left field bleachers. The junior is one behind Mendoza for the team lead. Flowers has homered in five of FSU’s seven ACC series this season.
  • FSU has scored at least three runs in the first inning five times this season, most recently against Boston College on March 30.
  • Drew Mendoza drew his team-high 43rd and 44th walks of the season. He entered the series fifth nationally in base on balls and second with 1.20 walks/game.
  • FSU drew 11 walks and was hit by 3 pitches. FSU ranked third nationally in base on balls.
  • In its past three games in Charlottesville, dating back to 2015, the Seminoles have scored 39 runs.


Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday at 6:00 p.m. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.

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