Florida State Rallies Late To Top Pacific Baseball

James Free (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)
James Free (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Pacific's Ricky Reynoso was cruising through six, but Florida State posted a four-run seventh inning en route to a 5-3 win in game four of a non-conference series Sunday in Tallahassee.

James Free II paced Pacific's offense with two hits, including his 12th home run of the year, to go with a pair of RBI. Ryan Schalch finished two-for-four with a double and an RBI.

Reynoso carried a 2-1 lead into the seventh, but gave up three-straight hits to end his outing. All three of those runners ended up scoring and were charged to his record, giving him a final line of 6.0 innings, four earned, eight hits, and six strikeouts. He falls to 4-6.

Florida State threatens in the first after Tyler Walls drew a walk then stole second and third, but was stranded after Quincy Nieporte grounded out to end the inning.  

In the second inning, The Tiger offense failed to add a baserunner, but Ricky Reynoso struck out the first two Seminole batters and got J.C. Flowers to lineout to close out the inning.

In the sixth, the Tigers' bats came alive as Kevin Sandri and Jimmy Boras delivered back-to-back singles to bring up Free, who singled to left field and plated Sandri, while Boras advanced to third on the throw to home.  With runners on the corners, Ryan Schalch smacked a double off the right field wall to bring home Boras and extend Pacific's lead, 2-0.

The Seminoles answered in the bottom of the sixth after Dylan Busby doubled to left center and Jackson Lueck singled to shorten the Tigers lead to one.

In the seventh, Florida State erased the one-run deficit after Drew Mendoza doubled to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch and Flowers delivered a hit up the middle allowing Mendoza to score, knotting the game at 2-2.  After a single from Nick Derr, Vince Arobio replaced Reynoso.

Arobio had entered the game having stranded nine of the 10 runners he inherited this season. But Tyler Walls singled to plate two, and a pass ball giving the Seminoles a 5-2 lead.  

Free drilled his team leading 12th home run of the season over the left field fence to cut the Florida State's lead to 5-3 in the eighth.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the ninth with no one out off Drew Carlton, but Alec Byrd entered and coaxed an infield fly and a double play to end the game, earning his first save.

Drew Parrish earned the win for Florida State to move to 5-2.  He allowed three runs in 7.2 innings on six hits with four strikeouts.  

Pacific falls to 15-30 on the year, and remains 4-17 in West Coast Conference play.  Florida State improves to 32-22 overall and stays at 16-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Tigers will return home to take on UC Davis on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Klein Family Field.