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FSU is one win away from Omaha

Haylee Blitch

No hits after 5, 4-run deficit after 5, LSU in control, doesn’t matter, FSU is one game away from Omaha. FSU battled back today, showing they can win in a lot of different ways. Reese Albert was the hero today, launching 2 HR’s, while FSU bullpen’s came up huge. Coming into the day, LSU was 28-3 when leading after 6, FSU didn’t care, handing them their 4th loss in that column. A questionable decision by LSU’s HC, Paul Mainieri, opened up the door for the Noles, and they took advantage.

The Noles got off to a slow start on Saturday, going down in order in the first, before surrendering 3 runners on base in the 2nd. After missing out on their own chance, FSU all but gave away a run. LSU’s leadoff hitter got on with a HBP, before moving to 2nd on a walk, and moved up to 3rd on a passed ball. The runner was drove in on a bloop single, LSU’s first hit of the day. Parrish was able to limit the damage after a long at-bat with a nasty curveball for his second straight K to end the inning.

LSU tacked onto the lead in the 3rd after a leadoff double and good baseball by the Tigers. Josh Smith got a hold of a hanging curveball on the first pitch of the inning for a double, before being moved to 3rd on a groundout by Zach Watson. FSU decided to play their infield back with 1 out and a runner on 3rd, and veteran Antoine Duplantis took advantage, grounding a ball to second on the first pitch he saw for an RBI ground out. As FSU continued to be shut down on offense, LSU continued to tack on runs. After a few mental lapses, Chris Reid tacked on a 2-out RBI with a ground ball through the right side of the FSU infield. The Tigers put up another run in the 5th with a line drive up the middle from Daniel Cabrera. FSU went to Chase Haney after the single, and he got FSU out of the inning.

The Noles started to chip away in the 6th after Mendoza got aboard via a walk and Robby Martin singled for FSU’s first hit of the day. Mat Nelson came through with a 2-out RBI single to get the Noles on the board. Chase Haney put up a big 0 on the board after the score, to keep the momentum in the Noles’ favor. Tim Becker got the Noles going again, with a 1-out single to bring up the top of the Noles’ order. The hit drove LSU’s reliever, Todd Peterson, who worked 4.1 IP of magnificent work, was taken out for Trent Vietmeier. It was a very strange move by HC Paul Mainieri, as Vietmeier is probably LSU’s 6th or 7th best reliever. Vietmeier couldn’t find the zone against Salvatore, walking him, before getting in an epic battle with Reese Albert.

Albert fouled off 6 balls in the at-bat, and on the 11th pitch, he got every bit of the ball. Reese got a fastball in on the plate, and he was looking for it. The sophomore got the bat head out in front of the plate and absolutely demolished the ball about 450+ feet to tie the game up. FSU was inning removed from having no hits and no runs, doesn’t matter, the game was all squared up now.

After a leadoff walk, Antonio Velez came into the game and produced a huge shutdown inning for the Noles. FSU’s offense continued to work with the momentum. Nelson worked a 2-out walk, De Sedas singled, and Carter Smith walked to bring up Tim Becker with 1 out and bases loaded. Becker worked a great at-bat and did his job, getting the ball up in the air and out of the infield for a sac-fly to give the Noles the lead.

FSU immediately went to their closer, JC Flowers out of the pen. Flowers got a ground ball to open the inning, but it was fumbled for FSU’s 3rd error of the game. but JC responded, getting a tailor made DP for Mike Salvatore. Salvatore then made a beautiful play up the middle for the 3rd out of the inning. FSU was 3 outs away from a G1 win. Reese Albert was at it again to lead off the 9th. The OF put a ball into the bleachers instead off a roof this time, but it still counted as an HR. FSU was now up 6-4.

The Noles stranded a runner after the bomb, but it didn’t matter for JC Flowers, as he shut the door on the Tigers. This team has had a crazy season, they never give in and just continue to push. No matter the environment or the deficit or the opposition, FSU is never out of a game. We are 1 win away from Omaha.

FINAL: FSU 6-4 LSU


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