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Toral’s home run helps Seminoles beat UCLA 5-3 in Auburn regional

Messick allows 2 earned runs in 5 innings, strikes out 4
Florida State batter Alex Toral (19) celebrates with Florida State pitcher Parker Messick (15)...
Florida State batter Alex Toral (19) celebrates with Florida State pitcher Parker Messick (15) after hitting a home run against UCLA during an NCAA baseball game on Friday, June 3, 2022, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)(AP)
Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 8:16 PM EDT
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Jordan Carrion hit his first triple of the season, Alex Toral added an insurance run in the ninth with a homer and No. 3 seed Florida State beat second-seeded UCLA and 5-3 on Friday in the Seminoles’ 44th straight regional appearance.

Carrion brought in two runs with his triple to give Florida State (34-23) a 3-0 lead in the first game of the Auburn regional. Toral blasted his 15th home run of the season in the ninth for a two-run lead.

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Florida State starter Parker Messick (7-5) allowed just two earned runs in five innings while striking out four. Davis Hare earned his fourth save of the season with 1 2/3 innings of work.

The Bruins (38-23) had two runners with one out in the eighth but only scored one on a wild pitch to get within 4-3.

UCLA starter Max Rajcic (8-5) allowed four earned runs on just five hits through six innings.

Associated Press 2022