By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
June 8, 2019
BATON ROUGE, La. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles are two wins away from punching their ticket to the College World Series in Omaha, but first, they need to take care of business in one of the most difficult environments in college baseball: Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Florida State is set to do battle with LSU in a best-of-three Super Regional. LSU didn't drop a game in Regional play as a host, just as FSU didn't drop a game in Athens last week.
Today's game can be seen on ESPN.
FINAL: FSU 6 - LSU 4
The Seminoles are one game away from Omaha after mounting their biggest comeback victory of the season.
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Top of 9th inning, 6-4, FSU
Reese Albert has his second long ball of the game and it's an insurance run for the Noles in the top of the ninth.
Albert took the first pitch he saw into the right field bleachers.
Top of 8th inning, 5-4, FSU
For the first time today, the Seminoles lead.
Matheu Nelson worked a one-out walk, Nander De Sedas singled and Carter Smith walked against Zack Hess in another LSU pitching change before Tim Becker stepped to the dish, and drove Nelson home from third.
Noles lead, expect to see JC Flowers come to the mound in the bottom of the inning.
Top of 7th inning, 4-4
Ladies and gentleman. We. Are. Tied.
A Tim Becker single and a Mike Salvatore walk, as well as a pitching change for LSU, leads to an 11-pitch at-bat for Reese Albert who absolutely destroyed a 3-2 pitch to tie the game at four.
How about a rally in Rouge???— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) June 8, 2019
Top of 6th inning, 4-1 LSU
Two important things happened this inning; the first hit for the Noles and the first run!
Robby Martin lined the first FSU hit of the game past a diving Hal Hughes at first base and an infield single from Nelson scored Mendoza, who drew a one-out walk, to put the Noles on the board.
Bottom of 5th inning, 4-0 LSU
The day for Drew Parrish is done.
He exits after allowing yet another leadoff base runner - he allowed the leadoff runner to reach in his last four innings of work - and another run across the plate in the fifth.
Josh Smith led off with a single, his second hit of the day, and moved into scoring position on a Zach Watson single, finally scoring on an RBI hit from Daniel Cabrera.
End of 4th inning, 3-0 LSU
It's three-straight innings with runs for LSU after an RBI single for Chris Reid.
However, it could have been much worse. Saul Garza reached on a fielding error (the first of two in the inning) in which neither JC Flowers or Nander De Sedas called the other off, allowing the ball to drop, and Cade Beloso doubled down the first base line to put two on with no out.
At least, it seemed.
It turned out that Garza failed to touch second base, resulting in him being out. It looked like a mini break for the Noles, but the Tigers still touched Parrish for the game's third run.
Middle of 4th inning, 2-0 LSU
FSU had a strong start to the inning, with a lead off walk from JC Flowers, but he was erased on a strike-em-out-throw-em-out with Matheu Nelson at the plate and LSU reliever Todd Peterson, who replaced Tigers' starter Cole Henry in the third, faces the minimum.
The Seminoles are still in search of their first hit.
Bottom of 3rd inning, 2-0 LSU
Josh Smith doubled on the first pitch of the inning and two groundouts later, scored the second run of the game.
LSU up by two.
Bottom of 2nd inning, 1-0 LSU
Just as Parrish matched Henry's first inning, he's doing so in the second, but in a bad way. Parrish is having difficulty finding the strike zone and led the inning off with a hit batter and issued a one-out walk to set the stage for Brandt Broussard, who blooped a single into centerfield (almost with a knee on the ground) to score David Cabrera and make it a 1-0 game.
Middle of 2nd inning, 0-0
The Noles made Cole Henry work, as he struggled with his control and walked the bases loaded but struck out Tim Becker (who did put a few good strokes on some foul balls) to get out of the inning.
LSU's freshman starter is up to 41 pitches after two innings, but hasn't allowed a hit one-time through the Noles batting order.
End of 1st inning, 0-0
Drew Parrish and LSU's Cole Henry matched 1-2-3 innings to get this one underway. Parrish is looking sharp early.
Really quick 1-2-3 inning for @FSUBaseball LHP Drew Parrish. 78-79 mph CH was very sharp, also dumped on a 76 mph CB in there for a K, and FB topped out at 91. Parrish in the zone to start this one.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 8, 2019
Line ups are out just over an hour before game time and the Noles will line up similarly from Athens. The lone change - a swap between JC Flowers and Matheu Nelson in the order. Flowers is now fifth, Nelson is now sixth.
Lineups for FSU and LSU. Slight change for the Seminoles from last week, as JC Flowers (5) and Matheu Nelson (6) have switched spots in the order. pic.twitter.com/Kti7wuLsbA— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) June 8, 2019
The key for the Noles, especially tonight, is a shutdown opening innings from Drew Parrish, much like he had against FAU. The FSU offense will get going against righty Cole Henry, who enters today with a 4-2 record and a 3.51 ERA.