Alex MacKinnon of the Niagara Purple Eagles closes out upset win over Florida State

NIAGARA’S THREE-RUN NINTH STUNS NO. 12 FLORIDA STATE

The Seminoles didn’t open the Mike Martin, Jr. era as they had hoped. Well, it looked like they were going to until Niagara’s Josh Marchese came to bat in the ninth.

Florida State’s ace CJ Van Eyk and relievers Antonio Velez and Chase Haney silenced the Niagara lineup for eight innings. Combined, the trio tossed eight innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits while striking out 14 and walking one. But the bullpen simply couldn’t keep the Purple Eagles off base in the ninth.

Niagara executed small-ball at its finest, scoring three runs without an extra base hit. Four walks, a sacrifice bunt, and a Spencer Marcus single later, the Purple Eagles were up 3-1. Alex MacKinnon came on in the bottom of the ninth and secured the win, striking out five Seminoles over his two perfect innings on the night.