FSU baseball game suspended in fifth – Tallahassee.com
Florida State’s starter pitcher couldn’t get out of the fifth inning. And weather made sure Wake Forest’s couldn’t either.
With the Demon Deacons leading 4-2 in the middle of the fifth inning on Friday night, a severe thunderstorm rolled into Tallahassee and cut short the first game of the series between the visitors and the Seminoles.
The game will be resumed today at 3 p.m. With Game 2 of the series scheduled for 6 p.m. — by rule there has to be an hour between the conclusion of the first game and the beginning of the second.
“It’s just not fair for anybody to wait until possibly 10 o’clock to resume the game,” FSU head coach Mike Martin said after it was postponed. “Then you could be here past midnight.”
His Seminoles (32-18) are still in the game despite a less-than-stellar outing from starter Cole Sands. The sophomore righthander cruised through the first three innings but then came unraveled in the fourth. He gave up a long, long, long 2-run homer to Wake cleanup hitter Gavin Sheets.
It was Sheets’ 18th of the season.
Sands followed it up by allowing three straight hits as the Demon Deacons took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
That’s where Wake starter Parker Dunshee ran into his only trouble of the night. After Tyler Holton popped up a foul ball that landed just out of reach of catcher Ben Breazeale, the sophomore rocketed a two-run homer over the screen in right to cut the Demon Deacons’ lead to 3-2.
Sands came out for the top of the fifth and recorded one out before allowing his second homer of the game, an opposite-field shot by Wake star Stuart Fairchild. Sands’ ERA for the season is now 5.20.
Chase Haney recorded the last two outs of the fifth inning to keep the score at 4-2. Then the monsoon arrived. And no more pitches were thrown.
It got so bad at one point that the tarp partially blew off the right side of the infield and the grounds crew — along with FSU assistant coaches Mike Bell and Mike Martin, Jr. — raced out in the driving rainstorm to put sand bags in place to cover up the dirt.
“I started to run out there,” Martin said with a smile. “I had the stakes in my hand and the guy took them from me.”
Dunshee was effective until Holton’s homer. He struck out six in his four innings of work, but also threw 83 pitches. He likely won’t be available for any more innings today.
Holton will pitch the second game for the Seminoles, but not before he finishes up the first one as a position player.
“That’s a challenge for that young man,” Martin said. “It’s not normal. He’s got a lot of baseball left to be played, then take 30 minutes off and warm up (to be the starting pitcher). So it’s challenging for him.”
FSU vs. Wake Forest
When: Game 1 resumes at 3 p.m., Game 2 scheduled for 6 p.m.
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