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Ferrer leads FSU’s power display in rout of NC State

Despite inclement weather, the Florida State Seminoles defeated NC State 13-5 to take Game 1 of the weekend series.

Continuing their hot batting from earlier this week, Florida State (12-5) bombarded NC State (10-7) to begin the game, driving in 10 runs in the first three innings. It was the afternoon of the RBI double, as Alex Toral, Colton Vincent and Jaime Ferrer each had one for the ’Noles. Ferrer ended the day 4 for 5 with four RBI.

“Jaime has really good strike zone awareness,” FSU assistant coach Jimmy Belanger said. “He’s not chasing the ball up or down. You’ve got to throw it in the zone (against him), and when it’s in the zone he’s gonna hammer it.”

Logan Lacey hit his fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the second inning to blow open Florida State’s lead to 6-0. He ended the day with four RBI as well. Aided by a pair of Wolfpack errors, the Seminoles brought in four more runs in the third to cushion the lead even further.

The Seminoles have driven in 30 runs in the past two ballgames. In comparison, they had scored 31 runs in their prior six ball games.

“They are trusting their preparation,” Belanger said. “They are preparing well with their BP. We’ve got a lot of older guys that have been through a lot of college at-bats. It takes time. It’s the ebbs and flows of the season. Our pitching is going to be great at times and then, like today, our offense is going to be able to pick up our pitching.”

The offense was very welcome as Parker Messick (3-1) had another mixed-bag outing. Messick gave up five runs in six innings while striking out seven batters. The left-hander struggled once again with his command early — walking three batters in his second consecutive outing. Despite getting out of some tough innings, Messick relinquished all five runs off of home runs.

The Florida State bullpen delivered three shutout innings to close the game out for the Seminoles. Connor Whittaker contributed one inning and Jackson Baumeister contributed two.

“Parker didn’t have his best stuff but he competed and gave us six innings,” Belanger said. “That was good going into tomorrow with our bullpen and those young guys did a good job… those are two freshmen. If we are going to be good late, our bullpen is going to need to continue to develop. That’s been an issue thus far. We’ve had good moments but it’s just the consistency of those guys. The only way it gets better is by going out and doing it.”    

Coach Mike Martin Jr. left the game early to drive to the hospital due to a family emergency concerning his mother, Carol. Belanger took over for Martin Jr. around the fourth inning and handled team activities postgame. According to Florida State, Carol is in good spirits and the trip to the hospital was for precautionary tests.

Box score

The FSU – NC State box score can be viewed here.

Up next

The Seminoles and Wolfpack finish the series off tomorrow with a double-header, starting at noon.