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FSU baseball falls to Wake Forest; softball beats Boston College

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Despite Jamie Arnold’s 12 career strikeouts, No. 8 Florida State fell 5-4 to No. 12 Wake Forest on Friday night. The Demon Deacons scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie.

Arnold struckout 12 batters in 5.2 innings, matching his career-high strikeouts from earlier this season vs. the Notre Dame. Wake Forest countered with Chase Burns, a projected top pick in this summer’s MLB Draft, who struck out eight batters in a season-low 5.0 innings. Both pitchers allowed three runs.

Max Williams went 3-for-5 for Florida State, his fifth consecutive multi-hit game, including a leadoff home run off Burns on the second pitch of the game. Cam Smith and Daniel Cantu scored two goals for the Seminoles.

With the score tied 1-1 in the fifth inning, Jaxson West gave FSU the lead with a sacrifice fly, followed by Marco Dinges’ RBI single. Dinges added an RBI groundout in the ninth after Wake scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning, but Cole Roland earned his first save of the year with a strikeout to end the game with Jordan Williams at second base.

FSU and Wake Forest will play game two of the series at David F. Couch Ballpark on Saturday at 4 p.m. LHP Carson Dorsey will make his third start of the season for the Seminoles.

FSU baseball notes from the Wake Forest game

  • Max Williams hit a 400-foot home run on the second pitch of the game, his sixth of the season. It was FSU’s first leadoff home run of the season.
  • Williams extended his hitting streak to eight games and his on-base streak to 10 games, both career highs. Williams went 3-for-5, his fifth straight multi-hit game. He scored seven goals in his last two games.
  • Florida State has hit a home run in 33 of 37 games in 2024, including 12 in a row.
  • Cam Smith went 2-for-5 with a run scored, extending his on-base streak to 47 games, the 14e-the longest streak in Florida state history. Smith is hitting .410 this season and has multiple hits in six straight games; Smith leads FSU with 22 multi-hit games this year.
  • Jaime Ferrer went 1-for-4 and was hit by a pitch. Ferrer leads FSU with 13 HBP on the season and 42 in his career, the fifth most in Florida State history.
  • James Tibbs went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Tibbs leads Florida State with a .411 batting average. Tibbs and Smith are the only Power 5 teammates hitting over .400 this season.
  • Starting pitcher Jamie Arnold tied his career high with 12 strikeouts. His previous outing of 12 strikeouts also came in just 5.2 innings pitched.
  • Tibbs, Ferrer and Daniel Cantu stole bases for FSU. For the season, FSU is 44-for-48 on the basepaths. Cantu’s stolen base was his first of the season.
  • Wake Forest starting pitcher Chase Burns had allowed four stolen bases on the season before Friday; all three of FSU’s swipes were from Burns.
  • Cantu went 2-for-5 with a double and his first stolen base. Cantu’s 12 doubles rank third on the team, behind Drew Faurot (15) and James Tibbs (14).

FSU softball opens ACC series with win over Boston College

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The No. 18 Florida State softball team (34-10, 13-3) picked up its eighth straight win and 16th win in the past 17 games in a 6-0 victory over Boston College (25-17, 5-11) Friday afternoon at the Boston College Softball Field.

FSU got going early when Kaley Mudge drew a walk, putting a runner on base for the Noles. Jaysoni Beachum then grounded into a fielder’s choice and stole second base, putting a runner in scoring position. Isa Torres stepped in with two outs and delivered a single to put the Noles up 1-0.

FSU added two more runs in the top of the third when a Mudge single, a Beachum walk and a Kalei Harding single loaded the bases for Torres. She scored on a hard-hit ball that bounced off the second baseman’s glove for two more runs.

Makenna Reid got the start for the Noles and threw 2.1 innings, allowing just two hits while striking out one. The Eagles threatened in the bottom of the third thanks to a two-out error that put runners on the corners, but Ashtyn Danley came in and grounded out to end the inning.

Danley shut out the Eagles as she went 3.1 innings and didn’t allow a hit while striking out three. Danley was credited with the win and improved to 11-3 on the year. Mimi Gooden came on in the last inning and retired the side in a row.

FSU added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning when Devyn Flaherty hit a ball that bounced off the center fielder’s glove, allowing Danely to score from first base.

Beachum started the top of the seventh inning with a bang as she hit her 11th home run of the season from the top of the scoreboard to make it 6-0. Danley added another run with a double, scoring Annie Potter.

Saturday’s match has been postponed to 3 p.m. due to expected bad weather in the morning.