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Ochs keeps FSU off base, ends Seminoles’ season

Florida State had some productive early innings, scoring four runs against starter Drew Boyd. But there was little answer for left-handed reliever Ryan Och.

As a result, the Seminoles’ up-and-down season ended as a result of too many strikeouts and yet another error — two frequent flaws for the 2021 team.

Och came out of the bullpen and recorded 11 strikeouts while allowing just one hit over 4.2 innings as Southern Miss eliminated FSU 7-4 on Sunday afternoon in the Oxford Regional.

FSU (31-24) built can early 4-1 lead, chasing Boyd. Logan Lacey hit a solo home run, Robby Martin had a pair of RBI singles, one apiece in the first and third, and Davis Hare had an RBI single to help the Seminoles build an early lead.

Och gave up two walks and Matheu Nelson had a double in the seventh but he otherwise kept out of trouble.

Conor Grady pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Will McGillis hit a solo home run in the seventh to tie the game at 4. The Golden Eagles added a pair of runs in the eighth, with Reece Ewing putting them ahead on an RBI single and a Jack Anderson throwing error led to the second run.

It was FSU’s 65th error in 55 games. The Seminoles had also struck out 599 times this season, averaging 10.89 per game.

Ole Miss will play host to USM on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. for the regional title. If USM wins the game, the teams will play again on Monday.