On the longest day in Florida State baseball history, Jaime Ferrer gave a worn-down team a late-night memory to savor.
Ferrer launched a home run over the screen in right-center field as Florida State knocked off NC State 6-5 in the 17th inning on Sunday night.
The Seminoles (13-6, 4-2 ACC) won their fifth series of the season and did it in lengthy and dramatic fashion in a game that lasted 5 hours, 45 minutes — and that was the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Combined with the first game at three hours and 13 minutes, the Seminoles and Wolfpack nearly played nine hours of baseball to wrap up the three-game series.
“I am really excited for those guys,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “They deserve something like that.”
Ferrer’s shot touched off a raucous celebration at home plate as the third-base dugout emptied out. The freshman went 2 for 8 with five strikeouts but smashed a 1-2 pitch in what was a no-doubt shot to end a wild (and long) day. The Seminoles played a 20-inning game in 2006 and this was the third FSU game to go to a 17th inning. But those were also single games, making this the longest combined doubleheader in FSU history.
And FSU has now won five series to begin the 2022 series: James Madison, Samford, California, Wake Forest and NC State. The Seminoles leaned on the bullpen heavily to claim the series, with an unlikely left-hander pitching deep into the night.
Left-hander Wyatt Crowell (1-0) tossed 5.1 innings, striking out five and giving up four hits and one walk.
“That’s Wyatt Crowell,” Martin Jr. said. “That’s why we were champing at the bit to get him back out. He’s going to play a big part of this. He is a big-time pitcher.”
FSU and NC State pitchers combined for 54 strikeouts, which is a Division I record for a single game.
The Seminoles’ arms had 26. Starter Ross Dunn (six innings, nine strikeouts), Jonah Scolaro (1.2 innings, three strikeouts) and Davis Hare (3.1 innings, seven strikeouts) helped FSU stay in it. Jackson Nezuh gave up a pair of runs in the 12th but also had two strikeouts.
Even after NC State got those two runs, taking a 5-3 lead, Alex Toral hit a two-run home run to tie it up in the bottom fo the 12th.
Game 1: NC State 15, FSU 4
The Seminoles suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season as NC State cranked out 16 hits and pushed across 12 runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Wolfpack often used small ball, bunting to reach base and advance runners. FSU also struggled in the field with two errors and misplayed a few balls, too.
Bryce Hubbart (4-1) worked out of a jam in the top of the first, allowing just a run after Brock Mathis’ throwing error (he overthrew Alex Toral on a throw back to first) and James Tibbs lost a deep fly ball in the sun. But Tommy White also hit an opposite field, two-run HR in the third inning to extend NC State’s lead.
Hubbart pitched six innings, striking out eight and walking one. The left-hander gave up seven hits and six runs (four earned), surpassing the three earned runs he had given up in his previous 2022 starts.
Mathis smashed a two-run home run as FSU tried to get back into the game, trailing just 6-3. But Dylan Simmons allowed four earned runs without recording an out and NC State pulled away.
Tibbs went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. FSU batters struck out 10 times.
The game 1 box score can be viewed here.
The game 2 box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play UCF in a pair of midweek games, Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 4 p.m. Both games are slated for live streams on ACC Network Extra.