Elijah Cabell had a two-run, pinch-hit single in the seventh inning to give Florida State a 2-1 win over Wake Forest in game 1 of their series on Friday night.
FSU’s hitters were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position before Cabell’s at-bat. Cabell hasn’t started since the second game at Virginia Tech on March 13, but has had productive at-bats, no strikeouts and four RBI in five games.
“He’s starting to swing what he should swing at and take what he should take,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said.
Parker Messick and three relievers combined for 18 strikeouts for the Seminoles (12-6, 8-5), who won their seventh straight game. Messick had electric stuff again, recording 11 strikeouts, while scattering three hits, in six innings. He allowed only Michael Turconi’s RBI single in the third inning.
“Pitchers ruled,” Martin Jr. said. “It’s a total change in everything in college baseball. There’s arms everywhere. they can really manipulate the ball. It’s here to stay.”
Chase Haney (3-0) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, and Jonah Scolaro shut the door in the eighth. Davis Hare picked up his second save, working around a fielding error with three strikeouts.
Tyler Martin did not get a hit but had three walks and scored a run.
Wake right-hander Ryan Cusick pitched five shutout innings, recording 12 strikeouts. A pair of relievers added four strikeouts.
“He’s a bona-fide first-rounder,” Martin Jr. said. “He’s as good as we’ve seen.”
FSU had chances earlier in the game, including a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth. Wyatt Crowell had a two-out double, and he was followed by a pair of walks. Jackson Greene struck out swinging to end the inning.
Crowell also had a one-out single in the sixth and quickly advanced to second on a passed ball. But Nander de Sedas and Ryan Romano struck out swinging to end the scoring chance.
Nander de Sedas left the game with what appeared to be a pulled muscle during an at-bat. His status for the rest of the weekend is unknown, Martin Jr. said. Vince Smith took his place at shortstop. Logan Lacey is also day-to-day.
Tyler Martin tied a career high with three walks. He has drawn 19 walks in 2021,the most in the ACC, and has reached base in 31 of 32 career starts. His on-base percentage jumped to .563, also best in the league.
The FSU-Wake Forest box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play host to Wake Forest on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.