Anderson pitches gem, FSU has eight-run outburst vs. Mercer

Elijah Cabell woke up Florida State’s bats with a two-run homer in the seventh. And the Seminoles added on a few more runs to put Mercer away.

FSU scored eight runs as 12 hitters came to the plate in an extended seventh inning — Cabell actually had a two-run single later in the frame — en route to an 8-1 win over the Bears. Wyatt Crowell also had an RBI triple as Mercer needed to use five pitchers to get through the inning.

“Proud of the guys,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “They kept pushing. They know they’re made for big innings. Broke it open.”

Jack Anderson tossed 6.2 perfect innings before Brandon Michie’s solo home run to left-center field gave Mercer a 1-0 lead. Anderson had six strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

“That was some of the best I’ve felt since I’ve been here,” Anderson said. “Everything was really clicking.”

Anderson had never gone this deep in a game at FSU. In what was his third career start, Anderson threw 81 pitches (61 strikes) and easily surpassed his relatively short outings against USF in February 2020 (two innings) and Stetson in May 2019 (2.1 innings).

Martin Jr. said Anderson was on a pitch count and wasn’t pulled just because of the home run.

“He was rolling, dealing,” Jackson said. “Ended up going to 80 pitches. I was starting to get a little nervous there. How do you take a guy out on a pitch count with a PG (perfect game) going? He was outstanding.”

FSU improved to 13-8 and is 3-0 in midweek games.

Tyler Ahearn gave up a pair of singles in the seventh, but Clayton Kwiatkowski (1-1) worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam after the left-hander gave up a walk upon entering the game. Brandon Walker also tossed a hitless ninth inning.

Cabell went 2 for 4, hitting a home run for a third straight game. Jackson Greene went 2 for 3 and Colton Vincent got his first FSU hit (a double). Vincent was later doubled off when he failed to tag up.

Tyler Martin went 1 for 2 with a single, walk, hit by pitch and a run scored.

With a few players out due to injury, Martin Jr. started an unusual lineup that included Ryan Romano at third, Vince Smith at short and Vincent at catcher. Crowell was the designated hitter.


The FSU-Mercer box score can be viewed here.


FSU will play host to North Carolina in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). Saturday’s game is at 2 p.m. (stream on ACC Network Extra), and Sunday’s game is at noon (televised on ACC Network).