Tyler Martin fouled off pitch after pitch, working the count full. Finally, Martin had worn out Mercer reliever Will Bowdoin.
Martin slapped an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Florida State a walk-off, 9-8 win over Mercer on Tuesday night.
“He’s a good player,” Martin Jr. said. “I’ll say it again: He’s here because he can play not because he’s my son. But I am happy for him. And us.”
FSU had loaded the bases in the 11th. Nico Baldor had a leadoff walk, Logan Lacey was hit by a pitch and Nander de Sedas flew out. Tyrell Brewer, pinch running for Baldor, stole third with Lacey also taking second. Jackson Greene was issued an intentional walk, setting up Tyler Martin’s at-bat and Brewer scored the game-winning run.
Martin was set to be a high school senior in 2020 but he graduated early to play for his father, Mike Martin Jr., and the Seminoles. Tyler Martin is hitting .378, which leads the team.
The Seminoles (9-3) escaped with a win, helped by a three-run rally in the eighth as they plated a run on a wild pitch and two more on a throwing error to tie the game at 8. Neither team scored in the ninth.
Elijah Cabell hit an opposite-field, two-run homer in the third inning. Matheu Nelson went 2 for 4 with a double and scored two runs. Logan Lacey went 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
Davis Hare (1-1) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, hitting 94 mph on the radar gun in the 11th. He allowed just one hit and had four strikeouts.
“Davis Hare was fantastic,” Martin Jr. said.
Hare was one of seven pitchers that FSU used on what was a four-hour, 22-minute game. Bryce Hubbart earned the start but went just 1.2 innings, allowing an earned run on 35 pitches. Tyler Ahearn had a long relief stint after Hubbart, going 3.2 innings while allowing just two hits, two runs (one earned) and had five strikeouts.
FSU struck out 15 Mercer batters, the 11th time in 12 games the Noles have reached double-digit strikeouts.
Colby Thomas hit two home runs and Brandon Michie smashed a three-run shot for Mercer (11-1). The Bears also used seven pitchers.
The FSU-Mercer box score can be viewed here in PDF format.
Next up for FSU is a three-game series at Duke beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. The weekend games will each feature 1 p.m. first pitches. All three games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.