Florida State Takes Twinbill From Pacific Baseball

photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Pacific baseball team dropped a pair of games in a doubleheader at Florida State, falling 5-3 in the night cap after a 18-5 decision in game one.

Danny Mayer was 2-for-4 in game two, with a home run and a pair of runs batted in, while James Free II also finished 2-for-4 with a home run in game two.

In game one, Free drove in two with a two-run double, and Mayer finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Matthew Tarantino added two hits including a double, and Lucas Halstead added an RBI single.

Cooper Casad pitched seven innings, allowing two earned in game two. The Seminoles plated a pair of runs in the first as Quincy Nieporte singled home Jackson Luecke, and a pair of walks brought home the second run.

The Tigers cut the Florida State lead in half in the sixth, as Free belted his 11th homer of the season to right field with one out and nobody on.

In the eighth, Ryan Schalch took the hill and started the frame with a walk. Nieporte delivered an RBI double to center, and after Schalch put a man on with a walk and recorded an out allowing Nieporte to advance to third, Tyler Holton brought in another run with a sacrifice fly. But J Flowers singled up the middle for a third run before Schalch ended the frame by coaxing a groundout.

Pacific mounted a rally in the ninth, as Schalch singled and Mayer ripped a two-run homer to LEFT. but Drew Carlton closed the door with three strikeouts to seal the win for the Seminoles.

Starting pitcher Andrew Karp picked up the win, going seven innings allowing one earned on six hits. Casad took the loss to fall to 2-3.

Game one was all Florida State as the Seminoles posted a three-run second, three-run third and a run in the fourth to build a 7-0 lead.

Pacific tallied four in the sixth as Keaton Glover led off with a walk, and Free doubled down the left field line for a run. Schalch reached on an error, allowing Free to score and Mayer doubled to chase Holton. Halstead greeted Chase Haney with an RBI single to center and Joey Mejia added a sacrifice fly to pull Pacific within 7-4

But Florida State sent 15 men to the plate in the bottom of the frame, blowing the game open with an eight-run sixth.

Tarantino doubled and scored on a Free sacrifice fly in the seventh, but the Seminoles tacked on two in the bottom of the seventh and one in the eighth for the victory.

Holton picked up the win, with two of the four runs he allowed earned in 5.1 innings. Ed Voyles tossed the final three innings for the rulebook save, his first.  Pacific starter Ryan Shreve was dealt the loss, falling to 1-5. He allowed six runs in 2.2 innings before giving way to Miles Haddad. Ed O'Bannon III finished the final three innings for Pacific out of the bullpen.

Florida State wrapped the day at 30-18 overall, while Pacific fell to 15-29.

The fourth and final game of the series is set for 9 a.m. PT Sunday, and is available on WatchESPN.com.