Saturday, June 10, 2017

Florida State completes weekend sweep of Notre Dame

Photo Credit: Jonathan Opiela

SOUTH BEND— The Florida State Seminoles (18-7, 6-3 ACC) came into Saturday looking to complete the series sweep over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-15, 2-7 ACC) and managed to do just that in a 5-1 win.

Jackson Leuck got the Seminoles on the board with a first inning 2-run home run off of Notre Dame starter Brad Bass.  The switch-hitting Leuck had two home runs on the weekend, with one coming from each side of the plate. 

"(Jackson) has changed the complexion of our lineup," Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. "When you stick a guy who can do what he does from both sides of the plate back in our lineup, it gives the opposing team something to think about."

The Seminoles added another run in the third inning with a RBI single to right field by Quincy Nieporte.

Notre Dame got their first run of the game after a botched ball on a double play attempt.  Jake Johnson was able to score from second base after the error.

Florida State’s Drew Parrish threw a three-hit complete game; the first complete game of his collegiate career.  Parrish’s previous career-high was seven innings pitched.  Parrish also struck out seven Irish hitters to tie his career high.  

"Parrish gave us a huge lift because we used so many arms yesterday," Martin said. "That was a big life. His emotions were under control. A good life for him after last weekend. I thought I was just getting ahead and staying ahead pretty early.  Locating the fastball because I knew they would be a conservative team.  I feel like I did that pretty well today."  

Notre Dame coach Mik Aoki addressed his teams struggles at the plate after the game.
"I don't know.  I think it's easy to say that I think Parrish pitched well, right?," Aoki said. "The fastball, changeup, curveball he had going on and don't think we were particularly competitive at the plate today." 

Florida State added another run in the eighth inning from a sacrifice fly off the bat of Quincy Nieporte.  Taylor Walls was able to score easily on the deep fly to right-center field.  The Seminoles got an additional insurance run off a home run in the ninth inning.

Florida State’s Taylor Walls drew three walks in the contest (seven on the series).  Coming into the weekend series, Walls and Tyler Daughtry were tied for the national lead in walks with 26 apiece. 

Box Score:

                          R   H    E
Florida State     5    7     1 
Notre Dame      1    3     0

WP: Parrish (3-1)

LP: Bass (1-3)

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