If you were a pitcher in the series finale between Florida State and NC State, odds are you did not have a good afternoon. Both offenses were locked in as the teams went back and forth in a wild affair before FSU took the game with four runs in the ninth.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 5-1 lead on a pair of home runs, but NC State closed that gap to two in the bottom of the fourth then took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. FSU quickly regained an 8-6 edge with three in top of the sixth, to which NC State responded with five runs in the bottom half.
The Pack’s bullpen was not up to the task of protecting that 11-8 lead, however, and the Noles clawed even in the eighth prior to scoring the decisive runs in the ninth. FSU scored in six of nine innings.
In addition to surrendering 15 hits—four of them home runs—NC State’s pitchers also issued nine walks on the day, which is not exactly ideal. But this was a gravy game, as the Pack had already accomplished what it set out to do this weekend: win the series and secure the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament.