Florida State manufactured two runs in the 10th inning in old-school fashion to walk-off with a win.
Ryan Romano and Elijah Cabell were each hit by pitch and Tyler Martin walked to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Matheu Nelson popped out on an infield-fly rule to score Romano. Three batters later, Reese Albert drew a bases-loaded walk as FSU walked off with the 6-5 win.
“That’s why you come to the ballpark. You never know what you’re going to see,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “It’s not a force out once an infield fly is called. It’s such a bizarre play. He (UCF first baseman Connor Allen) didn’t see it and he starts stumbling … We took off, the guy throws a strike (to the plate) but he didn’t tag him and you have to tag him on that (throw home).”
UCF had scored a run in the 10th inning on Nander de Sedas’ throwing error to take a 5-4 lead.
The Seminoles (11-6) won their sixth straight game and needed a rare botched play in the 10th inning — scoring two runs without the benefit of a hit — to get the victory.
FSU took a 4-2 lead into the eighth but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. UCF tied the game on Ben McCabe’s RBI double and Andrew Brait’s RBI groundout.
Carson Montgomery and FSU’s bullpen recorded 18 strikeouts.
Tyler Martin and Matheu Nelson hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to put FSU in front 4-2. Martin, who came into the game with a .535 on-base percentage, went 3 for 4, hit his first FSU home run and scored three runs, including the game-winning run.
Montgomery cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble, allowing a few runs in the fourth. Montgomery went four innings, allowing three hits and giving up two walks with nine strikeouts. The freshman right-hander now has 24 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.
Chase Haney gave up a pair of hits to lead off the eighth — the first, Jordan Rathbone, scored and pinch runner Trent Taylor also scored to tie it up.
Hunter Perdue (1-0) picked up the win.
FSU hitters struck out just seven times.
Pitcher Doug Kirkland, who was viewed as a potential option to be FSU’s closer, will have Tommy John surgery, Martin Jr. announced after the game. Logan Lacey is day to day with a hamstring injury.
The FSU-UCF box score can be viewed here.
FSU hosts Wake Forest in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.