Walks pile up as Wake defeats FSU in ACC tourney

The Florida State baseball team was looking for a performance that would impress the NCAA Selection Committee.

But the Seminoles didn’t get it.

Wake Forest scored three runs on just one hit in the seventh inning, helped by five walks, as the Demon Deacons took a 7-4 win over FSU in the ACC Tournament on Tuesday night. The loss knocked out any chance for the Seminoles to advance out of pool play.

Left-hander Drew Parrish recorded a season-high 13 strikeouts but gave up four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.

FSU (35-21) will play a critical game on Friday against NC State. Sophomore right-hander C.J. Van Eyk will likely be on the mound.

While a win won’t allow the Seminoles to advance to the ACC Tournament semifinals, FSU could earn a much-needed victory that will help the team’s chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles were projected as the No. 3 seed in the Athens (Ga.) Regional by D1baseball.com going into the postseason.

“I would have to say that a winning record of six over .500 — four over .500 in our league is certainly impressive,” coach Mike Martin said of FSU’s resume. “And we played a very demanding schedule, but I think you just have to say that, hey, we gotta bow our necks — we’re playing Friday night — we’ve got to bow our necks and keep battling, because at this point I just don’t think it’s something that should come out of my mouth of what I feel. I think what needs to come out of my mouth is we got to play better.”

FSU scored all of its runs in the fourth inning. J.C. Flowers had a two-run triple and Nander de Sedas followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4 until the seventh.

The Seminoles used five pitchers in the seventh inning as the walks mounted. FSU pitchers combined to give up nine walks.

“We could not throw the ball over the plate,” Martin said. “And I honestly don’t know in my 40 years when it has been to this extent.”

Jonah Scolaro (3-2) took the loss.

NCAA Tournament host teams will be announced on Sunday night, while the complete field of 64 will be announced on Monday afternoon.

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