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FSU ends ACC tourney with win over ‘Canes

Florida State met in-state rival Miami on Friday in an ACC Tournament consolation game with both teams trying to find some momentum before starting NCAA Regional play next week.

After sweeping a three-game series at Miami earlier this season, the Seminoles entered their final game of the tournament looking to make it a season sweep of the Hurricanes. And they did just that, claiming a 6-3 victory behind the strong pitching of starter Parker Messick and two big innings of offense.

FSU’s bats were hot early. The Seminoles scored three runs in the first inning with two runs being pushed across the plate on a double to right field by DH Dylan Simmons.

Miami found some success against Messick in the bottom of the second. The Hurricanes scored one run in the inning on three hits but Messick (7-2) was able to get out of the inning without any further damage despite having two Miami baserunners in scoring position with one out due in part to some sloppy defense and a wild pitch.

The Hurricanes struck again the fourth when Messick gave up a home run to lead off the inning. He would get out of inning on a double play and strikeout to keep the Seminoles in front 3-2.

The Seminoles’ offense got hot again in the fifth inning when 2B Jackson Greene and 3B Ryan Romano started the inning off with back-to-back singles. The next batter, 1B Tyler Martin, laid down a bunt single down the third-base line that scored Greene from second with some help from Miami’s defense, which forgot to cover home plate on the play to extend the lead to 4-2. Center fielder Logan Lacey then reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Catcher Matheu Nelson then drove in Romano for FSU’s fifth run in the game and final run of the inning on a deep sacrifice fly to center field.

Play was halted in the middle of the sixth due a rain delay that lasted 63 minutes.

Messick, who gave up two earned runs and five hits while striking out seven of the 21 batters he faced in five innings of work, was replaced by Clayton Kwiatowksi when the teams returned to the field. Kwiatowski pitched one inning, giving up one hit.

Conor Grady start the seventh inning on the mound for FSU and was perfect in two innings of relief work.

Lacey added an insurance run with a blast over the left-field wall to give FSU its sixth and final run of the game. Jack Anderson started the ninth inning on the mound and quickly faced a bases loaded and one-out situation, which would lead to Miami scoring a run to make the score 6-3. After loading the bases for the second time in the inning with his second walk, Anderson was replaced by Jonah Scolaro with the winning run at the plate and two outs. Scolaro earned his first save of the season after retiring the only batter he faced and ending the game with a strikeout.

The Seminoles finished with eight hits in the game with Tyler Martin leading the way with two. Simmons led the team with two RBI.

FSU (30-22) will find out Sunday which NCAA Regional they will play in and who their opponents will be.