Florida State used the long ball once again. But three errors unravelled the Seminoles’ chances at victory.
Doug Nikhazy was electric with 16 strikeouts — tying a school record — and Ole Miss benefitted from three unearned runs in a 4-3 win over FSU on Saturday night in the Oxford Regional. The Seminoles struck out 19 times in the loss.
In the fifth inning, Isaiah Perry had a solo home run, the first of his career, and Logan Lacey smacked a two-run homer as the Seminoles pulled in front 3-2. Lacey has had home runs on back-to-back days in the regional.
Ole Miss added two runs in the seventh, benefitting from Nander De Sedas’ throwing error.
Bryce Hubbart settled in after a shaky start in which FSU committed two errors (one each by Robby Martin and Jackson Greene) in the first inning that led to two runs. Hubbart pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three hits and one earned run but he left the Seminoles in a precarious spot as he exited the game after a single and a hit by pitch.
Clayton Kwiatkowski pitched 2/3 inning, but he issued a walk to the first batter he faced to load the bases. He rallied to strike out Hayden Dunhurst before catcher Mat Nelson and Tyler Martin teamed up to pick off TJ McCants at first base to end the Ole Miss threat.
Davis Hare (1-2) tossed three innings. Kwiatkowski and Hare each allowed an unearned run.
Ole Miss had just four hits, all of them singles.
FSU (31-23) will now face Southern Miss on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in an elimination game. The winner will face Ole Miss on Sunday at 6 p.m. TV for both games is to be determined.
The Ole Miss-FSU box score can be viewed here.
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