OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Parker Messick allowed seven hits and two runs — none earned — with five strikeouts over six innings and Florida State fell behind early before rallying to beat Southern Miss 5-2 on Friday night in the opening game of the double-elimination Oxford Regional.
Logan Lacey had a double, a home run and two RBIs, Mat Nelson hit two-run shot and Elijah Cabell added a solo homer for No. 3 seed Florida State (31-22).
The Seminoles have made 43 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 58 overall.
Lacey hit a two-run homer before Cabell’s shot to left center gave Florida State a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning.
Gabe Montenegro reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the first and Reed Trimble singled to right field. Montenegro scored when Charlie Fischer also reached on an error and Christopher Sargent drove in Trimble with a single to give No. 2 seed Southern Miss (37-20) a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Nelson’s homer capped the scoring in the eighth. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year has 23 home runs this season — tied with South Carolina’s Wes Clarke, who also homered Friday, for most in the nation — the most by a Florida State player since Buster Posey hit 26 in 2008.
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