The Florida State Seminoles (12-8) lost the rubber match against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-9) on Sunday in another home run fest at Dick Howser Stadium.
Much like Game 2 in the series, most of the offense in the ’Noles 12-10 defeat to Wake Forest came by way of the long ball.
The two sides combined for eight home runs on Sunday, bringing the total to 13 home runs on the weekend.
Catcher Matheu Nelson hit two of the Seminoles’ five homers to bring his season total to 10 (a team-high). Robbie Martin, Elijah Cabell and Reese Albert contributed the other home runs in the contest as Florida State played “catch up” for most of the afternoon.
“We’re made to be a big-inning club,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr said. “We need to do a better job of manufacturing some runs. You’ve got to be multifaceted. We can’t just sit back and rely on the home run.”
The Seminoles had come into the weekend as one of the hotter teams in baseball, having turned around their season by winning 10 out of their last 12 games after a 2-4 start. The offense had really begun to click as well, scoring more than five runs in 8 of those wins.
The Demon Deacons, however, were able to trade haymakers with Florida State in Game 2 of the series and continued that trend in the finale to clinch the series win.
“You can see why they were named a preseason top 20 team. They can play,” Martin Jr. remarked.
Right-hander Conor Grady entered the outing looking to continue the momentum from his start against Miami the previous weekend but instead gave up four runs on six hits in the second inning after a scoreless first.
Wyatt Crowell began the game as designated hitter for the Seminoles, going 3 for 3 before taking the mound in relief in the seventh. While he was ultimately tagged with the loss, the diversity of Crowell’s game was on display once again on Sunday.
After falling behind 8-2 in the 4th and 10-5 in the 5th, Florida State responded with big innings that allowed them to hang around in the game. Once the game was tied in the 8th inning, it was errors that allowed Wake Forest to permanently jump ahead – scoring on a fielding error and a wild pitch by Davis Hare.
The FSU-UNC box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play host to North Carolina for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. The first game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.