Florida State needs extras to take care of Mercer in Tallahassee Regional

Florida State's assistant head coach Mike Martin Jr., left watches as left fielder DJ Stewart reacts on third base after stealing second and then to third base on an error against Mercer.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Josh Delph singled home Ben DeLuzio in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Florida State escaped with a 5-4 win over Mercer in the first round of the Tallahassee Regional on Friday night.

DeLuzio bounced a single over the first baseman’s head to start the inning and moved to third on a pair of sacrifice bunts, scoring on Delph’s single through the right side of a pulled-in Mercer infield.

Billy Strode (3-0) picked up the win in relief, while Dimitri Kourtis (3-2) took the loss.

DeLuzio also scored twice, while John Sansome drove in a pair of runs for Florida State (42-19). Charlie Madden led Mercer (35-22) with three hits.

The Seminoles advanced to meet College of Charleston (44-13) on Saturday night in the double-elimination tournament. Mercer meets third-seeded Auburn (35-25) in a elimination game.