Parker Messick wasn’t at his best but he kept Troy off the scoreboard until late. And Jack Anderson was lights out.
Messick (5-2) allowed two earned runs in the sixth but otherwise worked out of trouble and had nine strikeouts, helping set the table for Florida State’s 3-2 win over Troy on Friday.
Anderson shut the door with 2.2 scoreless innings for his first college save. He has a 37-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season.
“He can do anything because he throws a ton of strikes,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said of Anderson. “His misses are small. It makes hitters think. Three pitches any time he wants.”
Garrett Gainous (6-4) matched Messick with 6.1 innings and nine strikeouts. The Troy ace allowed six hits and three earned runs.
“Good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel there,” Martin Jr. said. “Two hours, 17 minutes. You don’t see that very often. … Made some good plays defensively. They flashed leather as well.”
The Seminoles improved to 22-15.
Elijah Cabell had a two-run homer in fourth inning, his 11th of the season and the third straight game he has gone deep. Matheu Nelson had a sac fly in the first, his nation-leading 55th RBI. He went 1 for 3.
In the sixth inning, Nelson also threw out a runner at second base from his knees. Robby Martin also had an outfield assist, throwing starting a 9-6-2 out at home with Nelson applying the tag.
Tyler Martin singled to open the game and has successfully reached base in 48 of his 51 career starts. He leads FSU with 40 runs scored this year.
Reese Albert is in “player-coach mode,” Martin Jr. said. He is helping coach the outfielders, seeing if pitchers tip pitches and cheering from the dugout for teammates, Martin Jr. said.
Isaiah Perry was struck by a pitch in the jaw on Tuesday night. Martin Jr. said it looks worse than Perry feels and that “he’s really, really swollen.” There is no concussion, Martin Jr. said, but the trainers will have Perry continue to ice his face and expect his recovery will take some time.
The FSU-Troy box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play host to Troy on Saturday at 2 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra).