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FSU Falls To FGCU 11-8

Florida State dropped their second straight midweek game to an instate school.

Florida State rallied from down six runs to force extra innings against Florida Gulf Coast, but fell to the Eagles 11-8. Tyler Warmoth picked up his first loss of the season.

The Eagles got on the board in a hurry in the top of the first inning. Starter Tyler Holton struggled to find control, and gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, to start the game. The Eagles added another run in the top of the second on a solo home run by Jake Noll.

Florida State got on the board with a 2-run home run to right field by Taylor Walls to make it 6-2. It was Walls fourth home run of the season.

Holton got things back under control over the next few innings, but the damage was already done. He was relieved by Alec Byrd at the start of the sixth inning. He went 5 innings, giving up 6 runs, 5 earned, on 7 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts.

Florida State cut the Eagles lead to 6-4 in the seventh when Dylan Busby connected on a monster home run to left field that went an estimated 401 feet. It was his eighth home run of the season.

Florida Gulf Coast pushed the lead right back to four with a 2-run home run to left field by Noll, his second of the game, to make it 8-4.

Florida State cut the lead back to 2 in the bottom of the eighth. Donovan Petrey came through for the Seminoles with a 2-RBI single to make it 8-6.

Byrd was relieved at the start of the ninth by Tyler Warmoth. Byrd went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.  Warmoth pitched a scoreless ninth inning. 

With two outs in the ninth inning Matt Henderson doubled to right center, and Taylor Walls followed with a 2-run home run, his second of the day and fifth of the season, to tie the game at 8. 

Warmoth came back out for the tenth inning, but the Eagles had his number. Warmoth gave up a run on a sacrifice fly, and then a two run home run to Tyler Selesky to make it 11-8 Florida Gulf Coast.

Florida State falls to 32-15 on the season, and remain 14-6 in the ACC. Florida State will travel to Durham, North Carolina this weekend to take on Duke. The series will start on Friday, May 13 at 6 PM. 

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