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Florida State baseball currently sits on the right side of the bracket at the Auburn Regional. The Seminoles took care of business on Friday with a 5-3 victory over UCLA.
An RBI single from James Tibbs in the first and a 2-run triple from Jordan Carrion in the fifth allowed FSU to lead 3-0 at the midway point. FSU starting pitcher Parker Messick cruised through the first four innings and was nearly through the fifth when a 2-out rally by UCLA cut the lead to one.
Carson Yates got the Bruins on the board with a solo home run. Three batters later, Jake Palmer’s RBI single made it a 3-2 game.
FSU got one run back in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Reese Albert. UCLA would make things interesting multiple times over the final frames.
The Bruins loaded the bases in the sixth but could not score. In the eighth, UCLA scored a run on a wild pitch and had the tying run at third base, but FSU’s Davis Hare was able to get out of the jam.
Alex Torral’s solo home run in the top of the ninth added some breathing room for the Seminoles. Representing the tying run in the bottom of the frame, UCLA’s Michael Curialle grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
FSU moves to the winners’ side of the bracket and will face host and No. 14 national seed Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers blasted Southeastern Louisiana on Friday night, 19-7. Saturday’s winner will be one victory from the NCAA Super Regionals.
Between the Lines for June 3, 2022
Baseball: FSU 5, (19) UCLA 3 (NCAA Tournament)
On the Agenda for June 2, 2022
Baseball vs. No. 14 Auburn, 7 p.m. ET (NCAA Tournament, WatchESPN)
Rolling News and Notes
Former Pittsburgh assistant Athena Miller has joined the FSU swimming and diving team as associate head coach.
Incoming FSU offensive lineman Julian Armella discussed a number of topics with Fifth Quarter.