FSU Downs Notre Dame 12-6

Florida State opened up the series against Notre Dame with a win.

Florida State defeated Notre Dame 12-6 after a delayed start. Starter Mike Compton picked up his fifth win of the season. 

Notre Dame got things started early with a run in the top of the first. The Seminoles looked like they were going to get out of the inning without any damage being done, but a throwing error by second baseman Matt Henderson on the second half of a double play attempt made it 1-0.

Both teams plated runs in the second. Ryan Lidge came through for the Irish with an RBI double, while Quincy Neiporte's RBI groundout got the Seminoles on the board.

Notre Dame extended their lead to 3-1 in the third with an RBI single by Ricky Sanchez.

Florida State fired back with a 3 run third to take a 4-1 lead. Dylan Busby came through with an RBI double, and Neiporte picked up his second RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly.

Florida State added to their lead with a sacrifice fly by Cal Raleigh to make it 5-1.

Mike Compton was pulled with one out in the sixth for reliever Jim Voyles. Compton went 5.1 inning while giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 7 hits, 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. 

Florida State added two more runs in the seventh to make it 7-1. Cal Raleigh crushed a solo shot over the right field wall for his second RBI of the game, and Neiporte picked up his third RBI on a solo shot to left two batters later.

Voyles was replaced by Chase Haney at the top of the eighth. He went 1.2 scoreless innings while giving up just 1 hit and striking out 4. His season ERA has now dropped to an incredible 0.97.

Haney struggled to find control, and loaded the bases before being relieved by Alec Byrd. Byrd threw a wild pitch that scored a run, and the Irish picked up another on an RBI groundout to make it 7-5.

Florida State got the runs back and then some in the bottom half of the eighth. John Sansone ripped an RBI single, and Cal Raleigh picked up his third RBI of the night with an RBI single as well. Dylan Busby reached on an error, and plated another run. Neiporte then lined a ball off the screen in right for a 2-RBI double and his fifth RBI of the game to make it 12-5.

Byrd was replaced by Will Zirzow in the top of the ninth. He gave up a solo home run to Jake Shepski to start the inning making it 12-6. Zirzow got the next three outs to end the game. 

Florida State improved to 26-11and 11-4 in the ACC. The Seminoles will continue their series with Notre Dame on Saturday, April 23 at 6 PM.  

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