Larry Novey

Noles Drop NCAA Tournament Opener to Tennessee Tech

Seminoles.com | June 02, 2017
1-seed FSU
1
3
4-seed TTU


LINESCORE
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TTU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 7 0
FSU 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
PITCHING
  IP H R ER BB SO

W - T. Moths (5-1)

3.0

0

0

0

0

4

L - D. Carlton (3-4)

0.2

3

2

2

0

1

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
  AB R H RBI BB HR
FSU - Q. Nieporte 4 0 1 1 0 0
TTU - R. Flick 4 0 1 2 0 0
FINAL BOX SCORE
Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Coming off a six-game winning streak in Louisville to win the ACC Championship last week, top-seed Florida State (39-21) fell 3-1 to four-seed Tennessee Tech (41-19) Friday night on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium to open the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Freshman pitcher Drew Parrish allowed just two hits and struck out 12 in 7.1 innings, but the FSU bullpen allowed five hits and a pair of runs in the loss.

Parrish was outstanding for the Seminoles, matching his previous career-high of seven strikeouts in the third inning en route to 12 in 7.1 innings. The 12 strikeouts are the most for a Florida State pitcher in the postseason since Luke Weaver had 14 against Troy in 2013.

Both teams entered the game with dynamic offenses, but the game turned into a pitching matchup from the very beginning. Parrish struck out the side in the first inning to work around his only walk allowed. The Golden Eagles got their first hit in the fourth inning, a single from Kevin Strohschein, but he was erased on a groundout from Ryan Flick.

FSU first threatened against Tech starter Michael Wood in the bottom of the fourth, when Dylan Busby was hit by a pitch and Jackson Lueck followed with a walk. With two on and no outs, Busby was picked off second base and Quincy Nieporte struck out to end the threat, and Cal Raleigh grounded out to end the inning.

Video

The Seminoles did tag Wood for the first run of the game in the sixth. J.C. Flowers walked and Taylor Walls singled through the right side. After a pair of fly outs from Busby and Lueck, Nieporte singled to score Flowers. The inning ended, however, with Nieporte getting caught in a rundown rounding first base.

The Golden Eagles scored three runs in the eighth and ninth innings to pick up its first win all-time against the Seminoles (1-3). After a single and a sacrifice bunt to open the eighth, Parrish was pulled after 97 pitches in favor of Drew Carlton (3-4). Nick Osborne quickly hit his fifth double of the season to tie the score and close the book on Parrish – 7.1 innings, two hits, one earned run, 12 strikeouts.

After Tennessee Tech tied the score, Carlton notched two more outs to get FSU out of the inning.

In the ninth, Carlton allowed a single and double before being pulled in favor Alec Byrd. Flick, the first batter Byrd faced, hit a game-winning, two-run double down the right field line to give the Golden Eagles a 3-1 lead. Flick's double was his 24th of the season and the two runs batted in give him 74 on the year.

On the mound, Travis Moths (5-1) relieved Wood to open the seventh inning and did not allow a Seminole to reach base. Down two in the bottom of the ninth, Moths forced groundouts from Busby and Lueck before Nieporte struck out swinging to end the game.

Walls, Lueck, Nieporte and Matt Henderson each had one hit for the Seminoles.

Tennessee Tech will face three-seed Auburn in the winner's bracket Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Florida State will face two-seed UCF in an elimination game at 12:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Seminoles will throw left-hander Tyler Holton (9-2), while UCF will throw right-hander Chris Williams (5-3). Both players bring identical 2.43 earned run averages into the game.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

RELATED STORIES

VIDEO

Uploaded Ad
Noles Fight to Final Out in Season Finale
Noles Fight to Final Out in Season Finale
Previewing LSU Part Deaux
Previewing LSU Part Deaux
Old Reliable: Busby Swings Same Bat for Three Years
Old Reliable: Busby Swings Same Bat for Three Years

MORE HEADLINES

Uploaded Ad