Needing to play catch up after a pair of early errors led to a two-run deficit, Parker Messick settled in to buy time. Florida State’s bats played Home Run Derby and lifted the Seminoles to victory.
Logan Lacey and Matheu Nelson hit two-run homers and Elijah Cabell hit a solo home run as the Seminoles knocked off Southern Miss 5-2 on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Oxford Regional.
FSU (30-22) will play the Ole Miss-Southeast Missouri State winner on Saturday at 6 p.m. TV information is to be determined.
Two errors in the first inning, one each by Jackson Greene and Lacey, led to a pair of runs for Southern Miss. Parker Messick gave up the two unearned runs in the first, but he then settled in and battled the USM lineup. Messick (8-2) tossed six innings, giving up seven hits and no walks. Neither run was earned, making it the 13th start this season where Messick gave up two or fewer earned runs.
USM often put runners on but Messick battled consistently well, including a 36-pitch third inning in which he ended up striking out three batters. With FSU trailing 2-0 going into the sixth, Messick got some needed run support.
After Tyler Martin led off with a pop up to right field that was bobbled, he reached second base on the error. Lacey then rocketed a two-run homer to left field to tie the game. USM right-hander Hunter Stanley grew frustrated by the fielding miscue and a walk to Nelson. Following a double play, Cabell ripped a home run to left-center field to give FSU a 3-2 lead.
In the eighth inning, Lacey smacked a leadoff double and Nelson drilled a 2-0 pitch to left to give the Seminoles’ arms plenty of insurance with a 5-2 lead.
Hunter Perdue, Jonah Scolaro and Jack Anderson combined to throw three innings of scoreless relief. Anderson tossed 1.1 innings to record his fifth save.
The FSU-Southern Miss box score can be viewed here.