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Matheu Nelson, Tyler Martin hit grand slams in FSU’s rout of BC

Florida State played its first home game in 10 days. And a lineup built to hit home runs was right at home. 

Matheu Nelson and Tyler Martin hit grand slams and Nander De Sedas hit a solo home run as Florida State routed Boston College 10-2 on Friday night. Nelson’s home run was his ACC-leading 14th of the season.

“I’m just getting lucky, putting the ball in the air and the wind is blowing it out,” Nelson said jokingly after hitting his fourth home run in six games. “I’ve played in some windy parks. No, it’s just putting the foot down early, really trusting what it is and trusting the swing.”

Nelson’s home run came with two outs and followed walks to Vince Smith, Tyler Martin and Robby Martin in the third inning. Tyler Martin’s came in the seventh, also with two outs, and was his second home run this season.

FSU (17-13, 12-10 ACC) cranked out 10 hits and walked eight times. Elijah Cabell reached base five times, finishing with an RBI double in the eighth. He also had three walks, was hit by a pitch and did not strike out.

Wyatt Crowell tied a career high with three hits (including a double). FSU had 10 hits and every starter got on base.

“We’ve still got to get some guys going,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Trying like crazy.”

Brian Dempsey had three hits for BC, which fell to 14-17, 4-15. FSU chased BC starter Joe Mancini after three innings.

Parker Messick (3-2) tossed four shutout innings before he ran into trouble in the fifth. Messick gave up a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases in the fifth with no outs. A run scored on De Sedas’ fielding error, with another on a sac fly to left field to cut FSU’s lead to 5-2.

FSU’s ace left-hander left the game after five innings (105 pitches, 67 strikes), scattering six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Both runs were earned.

“Messick did his thing,” Martin Jr. said. “Hung in there. Wasn’t his sharpest but gutted it out.”

Martin Jr. said Messick has pitched through a bone bruise and on Friday he rolled his ankle coming off the mound. Messick told Martin Jr. that he feels fine pitching despite the injuries.

Chase Haney pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a pair of hits before he was pulled in the seventh. Jonah Scolaro induced a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the seventh. Jack Anderson and Brandon Walker pitched an inning apiece to finish off the win.

BOX SCORE

The BC-FSU box score can be viewed here.

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Due to the expected threat of rain, FSU moved up its game vs. BC on Saturday to noon (live stream on ACC Network Extra).