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Alex Toral's home run in 9th helps Seminoles beat UCLA 5-3 in Auburn regional

Parker Messick allows just 2 earned runs in 5 innings, strikes out 4
Florida State Seminoles batter Alex Toral celebrates with pitcher Parker Messick after hitting home run in 9th inning vs. UCLA, June 3, 2022
Posted at 8:14 PM, Jun 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-03 20:14:08-04

AUBURN, Ala. — 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.