Florida State completed the sweep of Notre Dame with an 11-5 come from behind victory over the Irish on Sunday. Tyler Holton picked up the win and improved to 2-2 on the season.
It wasn't the start Florida State was looking for in the top of the first with Notre Dame scoring five runs. Starter Cole Sands struggled to get going allowing five hits, and the Florida State defense let him down with three errors in the inning. None of the runs the Irish scored were earned.
After the first, Sands settled down and set the Irish down in order in the second and third. He got into some trouble with runners on the corners and one out in the fourth, and was pulled in favor of weekday starter Tyler Holton. Holton got the double play to end the inning. Sands went 3.1 innings and gave up 5 runs, 0 earned, with 7 hits and no walks while striking out 5.
Florida State struggled to get anything going at the plate until the fifth inning. The Seminoles once again found some magic in O'Canada, and scored five runs to tie the game. Jackson Lueck came through with a 2-RBI single to get the 'Noles on the board. Cal Raleigh followed that up with an RBI double. Quincy Neiporte continued his hot hitting with his third home run of the weekend, this one a 2-run that went well over the left field wall.
The Seminoles took the lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by John Sansone. Jackson Lueck came through with an RBI single for his third RBI of the game to make it 7-5.
One swing of the bat by Taylor Walls put the game out of reach in the seventh. Walls came to the plate with the bases loaded, and hammered a ball just over the left field wall for a grand slam putting the Seminoles up 11-5.
Tyler Holton's outing came to an end with one out in the eighth and runners on first and second. He went 4 innings giving up no runs on 2 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Florida State brought in Jim Voyles to replace him, and Voyles came through with a double play to end the threat.
The first batter of the ninth sent a rocket shot back to the mound, which hit Voyles in the side of the head. Voyles left the game under his own power. Matthew Kinney was brought in to replace him. Kinney gave up two hits to load the bases with one out. A diving catch by Jackson Lueck brought a run in on a sacrifice fly to make it 11-6, but Kinney got a groundout on the next play to end the game.
Florida State improves to 28-11 overall and 13-4 in the ACC. The Seminoles move into first place in the ACC and the ACC Atlantic with a .764 winning percentage. Florida State will next play at Clemson for a three game series starting April 30th at 6:30 PM.