Florida State brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but the Seminoles dropped a second straight game at NC State by a 6-4 score Friday evening. The series loss snaps a five-series winning streak for the Noles.
FSU (28-21, 19-16 ACC) the left nine runners on base and hit into three double plays. Mat Nelson had his ACC-best 60th RBI and threw out two runners on the bases.
Jackson Greene hit his second home run of the season to start the ninth inning.
Both teams started Friday with two runs in the first inning. Tyler Martin led off with a single, swiped second base, moved to third on Logan Lacey’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch. After Nelson reached on a two-base error, back-to-back singles from Robby Martin and Elijah Cabell gave FSU a 2-0 lead.
Austin Murr led off the Wolfpack with a single before Tyler McDonough tied the game on a two-run home run. Nelson threw out a runner and Conor Grady settled in two strike out the next two batters.
Lacey and Nelson teamed up to give FSU a lead again in the third inning. Lacey hit his 12thdouble of the season, down the left field line, and scored on a bang-bang play at the plate on Nelson’s single.
Grady struck out two batters in all four innings he pitched, setting a career high in his 11 starts away from Tallahassee. NC State tied the game on a double steal in the third inning but Grady worked around a leadoff double in the fourth to leave with the game tied.
NC State had four singles against Wyatt Crowell (1-3) in the fifth inning, with just one leaving the infield, to score two runs and take a 5-3 lead. A run in the seventh inning scored on Luca Tresh’s ground out.
FSU’s first eight hits of the game came from the first five batters in the lineup before Greene’s home run out of the No. 9 spot. Nelson, Tyler Martin and Robby Martin each had two hits.
Sam Highfill improved to 5-2 for NC State, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings. Evan Justice earned his seventh save, allowing a run over the final two innings. Murr, McDonough and Jonny Butler, NC State’s top three hitters, finished 8-for-11 and scored all six runs.
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FSU will wrap up the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. at NC State (live stream on ACC Network Extra).