Reese Albert’s swing is back in rhythm, and the Seminoles came through with a big inning late.
The bullpen, despite some inconsistent outings, also helped to deliver a win.
Albert had a pair of home runs early in the game and Dylan Simmons had a two-run single to break open a tie game in the seventh as the Seminoles pulled away with a 7-4 win at Dick Howser Stadium.
Six FSU pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts. Bryce Hubbart started and went just 2.1 innings, but he allowed one earned run on three hits and had four strikeouts.
Chase Haney (3-0) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to seal the win, recording four strikeouts.
The Seminoles (12-5) won their third straight game and improved to 4-0 in midweek games.
Albert had a pair of solo home runs, both of them no-doubters over the fence in right field – one of them measured at 407 feet. Albert’s only previous two-homer game was at LSU in the Super Regional last year.
“He smashed a few of those,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “It was good to see.”
FSU led 4-1 going into the fifth but Illinois State added runs in the next three innings to tie it on Aidan Huggins’ RBI single in the seventh.
The box score from Wednesday’s game can be viewed in PDF format here.
WEEKEND GAMES REMAIN SCHEDULED
The FSU-Georgia Tech series remains on as scheduled this weekend, although it’s reasonable to expect further updates on Thursday. It remains possible that attendance could be limited, something that schools around the country have done.
“I think the fans pulled us through tonight,” Martin Jr. said. “All of this stuff is happening so you think you’re going down the path of no fans, it’s like, ‘Wow.’ … We’ll bring our own energy if we have to.”
FSU will play host to Georgia Tech on Friday 6 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). The Seminoles and Yellow Jackets will also play Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).