Nelson’s blast, Hubbart’s start powers FSU’s win over BC

A big at-bat from Matheu Nelson again put Florida State in front. And also gave the Seminoles a series win.

Nelson hit his ACC-leading 15th home run, a three-run shot in the fourth inning, and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning as FSU defeated Boston College 5-1 on Saturday. The redshirt sophomore catcher now has 21 RBI in April (nine games).

“Nelson picking us up with another home run,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “How many does he have? A bunch.”

The Seminoles have now won series against BC, North Carolina, Miami Virginia and Virginia Tech. FSU (18-13, 13-10 ACC) will go for the sweep on Sunday.

Bryce Hubbart (4-2) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing just an unearned run. The freshman left-hander scattered four hits, three walks and hit a batter. Hubbart had eight strikeouts.

Chase Haney, Clayton Kwiatkowski, Jack Anderson and Hunter Perdue combined to throw 3.1 shutout innings. The bullpen combined for six strikeouts, with two apiece by Kwiatkowski and Perdue.

Tyler Martin added a sacrifice fly, scored a run and had two walks.

FSU’s hitters had six hits, 12 strikeouts and three walks. Elijah Cabell was hit by a pitch, extending his on-base streak to 19 games.

Sam Frelick had two hits for BC (14-18, 4-16). Emmet Sheehan (3-3) allowed four earned runs in six innings.


The BC-FSU box score can be viewed here.


FSU will play host to BC on Sunday at 1 p.m., unless rain in the forecast pushes first pitch back. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.