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Saturday, June 10, 2017

No. 13 Seminoles take game one from the Irish

Photo Credit: Florida State Athletics

SOUTH BEND– The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-13, 2-5 ACC) and the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles (16-7, 4-3 ACC) began their three-game weekend series on Friday afternoon.

Cole Sands had a phenomenal start to the ballgame on the hill for Florida State.  Sands struck out each of the first five Notre Dame batters that he faced.  In the fifth inning, Sands struck out Cole Daily to record his seventh strikeout of the game; tying his career high.   Sands exited after the sixth inning, allowing one run while allowing five hits and striking out seven.

Notre Dame got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third.  Cole Daily drew a leadoff walk to get the inning started, but was quickly thrown out attempting to steal second.  3 consecutive singles loaded the bases for Notre Dame. Kyle Fiala picked up a 2-out RBI single scoring Ryan Lidge.  Jake Shepski attempted to score on the play, but was thrown out by Florida State right fielder Rhett Aplin on a close play at the plate. 

Florida State did not hesitate to strike back in the top of the fourth inning.  Quincy Nieporte opened the inning with a double off the wall in left center.  Rhett Aplin followed with a single to right field.  Dylan Busby hit a shot to left field that easily cleared the shrubbery behind the left field fence for a 3-run home run.  The shot was Busby’s fourth home run of the season and third in ACC play.

The Seminoles added another run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by JC Flowers.  FSU got another run in the eighth on a throwing error by the Notre Dame third baseman. A two-run home run to right center by Jackson Leuck gave Florida State a 7-1 lead in the eighth inning. Dylan Busby added another run with an RBI double in the ninth inning.

The Irish added one more run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly from Cole Daily, but it was much too little, too late. 

The final from game one: Florida State 8, Notre Dame 2.
Florida State: 8 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors.  WP – Cole Sands (4-1)

Notre Dame: 2 runs, 7 hits, 3 errors.  LP – Brandon Bielak (1-4)

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