The FSU baseball team showed their resiliency Tuesday night as they rallied back from from multiple-run deficits twice to beat Jacksonville.
The FSU baseball team found themselves in a couple of different holes in their first road game of the season, but they answered both times on their way to a 6-5 victory in the first road game of the season.
Things didn’t start great for Andrew Karp following his outstanding performance a week before. The Jacksonville University offense scored in each of the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead. Karp gave up five hits and walked one in the first two frames and all three of the runs were earned. From there Karp settled in and retired 13 straight batters for a line of 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1BB, 7 K’s.
Down 3-0 in the top of the fourth, the Noles got a boost from one of their leaders when Cal Raleigh crushed a solo home run to left to start the inning. Later in the inning with JC Flowers on third Matt Henderson laid down a bunt, heads up base-running allowed Flowers to score and the deficit was cut to 3-2. The next inning Jackson Lueck doubled to center field and was driven in by a Nieporte single for his 11th RBI of the season and the game was tied at 3-3.
Jim Voyles came on came on to pitch for Karp in the 7th and gave up two runs on three hits. Jacksonville grabbed the lead late but FSU answered immediately. After Chase Haney came on in relief to get the third out, the Noles scored three of their own in the top of the 8th.
In a bit of good fortune Nick Derr scored from 2nd and Henderson advanced from first to third on an errant throw on a pick off move. Jackson Lueck continued his great night with a sac fly to right scoring Henderson to tie the game. With Taylor Walls on third, Tyler Daughtry, the third player to hit in the 3-hole for FSU baseball on the night, singled to center to bring in the go ahead run.
Drew Carlton came on in the 8th inning in his new role as closer. Carlton retired all six batters that he faced, in order, on his way to his first save. Defense was the difference in the game as Jacksonville committed four errors while FSU committed zero. Leading hitters for FSU were Lueck (2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI), Raleigh (2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI), and Derr (2-4, 1 R).
Next up for the Noles is a home series against Oakland University. Be on the look out for our series preview on Friday.