Florida State hit four home runs Saturday, including two from catcher Matheu Nelson, to win a back-and-forth affair at N.C. State 15-11 to close the regular season. Second baseman Jackson Greene continued to swing a hot bat, reaching base in all five plate appearances with three hits, two walks, his second home run in as many games and a career-high four runs batted in.
All 10 Seminoles that had a plate appearance reached base at least once. The Noles drew nine walks and struck out just five times.
Nelson, the nation’s leader in home runs, had a career-high four hits and reached base five times. Nelson, Tyler Martin and Greene each scored three runs as the Noles erased a three-run deficit entering the seventh inning.
FSU scored 10 runs over the final four innings and held the Wolfpack off the board over the final three. Clayton Kwiatkowski (2-2) allowed two walks and no hits over the final two innings in the win. In total, FSU used seven pitchers.
The Seminoles’ 15 runs were a season high and helped overcome four errors in the field.
Starting pitcher Parker Messick allowed six runs in 4.2 innings, leaving after NC State hit back-to-back home runs to take a 6-5 lead. The Wolfpack pushed their lead to 11-8 with five runs in the sixth inning before the Noles scored the final seven runs in the game. FSU has won six consecutive Messick starts.
Nelson hit a two-run home run in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. Greene’s three-run home run gave FSU a 5-1 lead and Robby Martin added a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Nelson’s solo home run in the eighth inning tied the game before FSU scored four times in the ninth, including the go-ahead, game-winning RBI single from Logan Lacey. Lacey had three RBI on the day.
The FSU-NC State box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play in the ACC Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. The No. 5 seed Seminoles’ pool will include No. 4 Miami (32-17, 20-15) and No. 9 Duke (28-20, 16-17).
Pool play begins on Tuesday with a schedule to be announced on Sunday. FSU will play Miami and Duke. The champion of each pool advances to a four-team, single-elimination bracket to determine the league champion.
POOL A – #1 Notre Dame, #8 Virginia, #12 Virginia Tech
POOL B – #2 Georgia Tech, #7 Louisville, #11 Clemson
POOL C – #3 NC State, #6 North Carolina #10 Pitt
POOL D – #4 Miami, #5 Florida State, #9 Duke