Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 14-9 on Saturday and clinches the series against the Yellow Jackets. Reliever Chase Haney gets the win and improves to 2-0 on the season.
Starter Drew Carlton struggled mightily to start the game. He gave up three runs and six hits in the first inning. The Yellow Jackets continued to hammer Carlton's pitching, and broke through again with two more runs in the fourth to push the Georgia Tech lead to 5-0.
Haney came in and replaced Carlton, and flipped the script on the Yellow Jackets. Haney allowed just 1 hit in 3.2 innings, and gave up just 1 walk with 2 strikeouts.
The Seminoles offense struggled against Georgia Tech starter Zac Ryan, but he was relieved at the start of the fifth. Florida State took advantage and cooked up some O'Canada magic. They plated six runs starting with a 2-run home run by Dylan Busby. Matt Henderson followed that up with an RBI sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-3. Later in the inning Quincy Neiporte looked to have hit into an inning ending groundout, but a throwing error plated two more runs to tie the game. A wild pitch to the next batter would plate one more and give the Seminoles a 6-5 lead they would not relinquish.
The Florida State offense wasn't done and added three more runs in the seventh inning to make it 9-5. They got back to back RBI singles by John Sansone and Cal Raleigh, and a little help from the Georgia Tech defense. The Seminoles would put the game out of reach in the eighth with 5 more runs. Taylor Walls extended the Florida State lead to 11-5 with a 2-RBI double. Jackson Lueck pinch hit and came through with an RBI single. Hank Truluck also pinch hit and picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly. Dylan Busby picked up his third RBI of the game with an RBI single to push the Florida State lead to 14-5.
Jim Voyles came in and pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Ronnie Ramirez came in to pitch the ninth. He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk to make it 14-9. Will Zirzow relieved him with two outs and one on. Zirzow struck out the first batter he faced to end the game.
Florida State finished the game with 13 hits, 5 walks, and committed 3 errors. Georgia Tech finished with 16 hits and 2 walks and 4 errors.
Florida State improved to 12-3 on the season and 2-0 in the ACC. They will host Georgia Tech for the final game of the series on Sunday at 1 PM.