Saturday, June 10, 2017

Extra inning heroics propel Florida State to game two victory over Notre Dame

Photo Credit: Jonathan Opiela

SOUTH BEND— The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-14, 2-6 ACC) looked to bounce back in the nightcap of their Friday ACC doubleheader against Florida State (17-7, 5-3 ACC).  The game eventually figured to be a 13-inning battle that lasted over 4 hours. 

Both starting pitchers had excellent command throughout the game.  Michael Hearne (Notre Dame) and Tyler Holton (Florida State) both worked into the fifth inning before any runs were put on the scoreboard.  Hearne exited after throwing five shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits.

Patrick McDonald singled before being moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Daily.  Notre Dame then cracked the deadlock in the fifth inning with an RBI single off the bat of Ryan Lidge. 

Notre Dame added to their lead in the sixth with an RBI single from Daniel Jung.  Jung drove in Nick Podkul from third base with a bloop single to center field.

Florida State got two runs back in the top of the seventh.  The first Seminole run came on a passed ball with the bases loaded and Matt Henderson at the plate.  Henderson eventually drew a walk to reload the bases for Nick Derr.  Derr followed suit by drawing a walk of his own to push Jackson Lucek across the plate as well to tie the game at 2-2. 

The game remained tied at 2-2 into extra innings.  For Florida State, Drew Carlton worked 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 7 before giving way to Jim Voyles.  Florida State head coach Mike Martin had nothing but high praises for his pitchers.  “Carlton pitched just outstanding.  Unfortunately, he was over 60 pitches so that puts him on the shelf tomorrow for sure, depending on if we play tomorrow or not.” Martin said.

Taylor Walls lead off the 12th with a single for Florida State.  Walls advanced to second on a groundout by Nick Derr.  Walls proceeded to steal third base and then take home on a wild pitch to give the Seminoles a 3-2 lead.

Notre Dame was down to their last out with a runner on third when Matt Vierling came up clutch.  Vierling hit a rope down the right field line for a game-tying double in the 12th.  Florida State coach Mike Martin stated, “That’s a class program right there.  We were very fortunate to win the second ballgame.  They kept battling and came back and tied the ballgame up when they had two outs.  Wasn’t two strikes, but they kept battling and got the big hit.  I’m just proud of a series like this where you know that every at-bat is important.  Mik does a tremendous job with the Irish.”

Florida State retook the lead in the 12th inning after Dylan Busby lead off the inning with a double.  Rhett Aplin sacrificed Busby over to third.  Jackson Lucek lifted what should have been a sacrifice fly to left field, but the outfielder misplayed it and it fell in for a 2 base error.  J.C. Flowers followed with a single.  Tyler Daughtry got to be the hero for the Seminoles with a huge 3-run homer in the 12th.  Daughty cleared the shrubbery behind the fence and hit it off the net that protects oncoming traffic.  Cal Raleigh added another run for Florida State with a 2-out RBI single in the 12th.

Peter Solomon threw 5.2 innings in relief for Notre Dame.  Solomon got tacked for 5 runs (4 earned), 3 walks, 7 hits, and 6 strikeouts on 109 pitches thrown.

The final from game two of Friday’s doubleheader: #13 Florida State 8, Notre Dame 3 (13 Innings)

Florida State: 8 runs, 13 hits, 0 errors.  WP – J. Voyles (2-0)

Notre Dame: 3 runs, 9 hits, 1 error.  LP – Soloman (1-2)

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