Florida State powered past Georgia Tech for a 6-1 win in the ACC Tournament. Cole Sands picked up the first post season win of his career.
The Seminoles got things started early with two runs in the first inning. Cal Raleigh drove in the first run with an RBI single, and then Florida State executed a double steal with Jackson Lueck scoring from third before Raleigh was tagged out between first and second.
The Yellow Jackets got a run back in the bottom half of the first inning to make it 2-1. Kel Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
John Sansone continued his hot hitting with his second home run in as many days in the third. With Taylor Walls on first Sansone crushed a baseball off the top of the restaurant over the Blue Monster in left field to make it 4-1.
After giving up the run in the first inning, Sands settled down and dominated the next four innings. He was relieved at the start of the sixth inning by Jim Voyles. Sands went 5 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.
The Seminoles extended their lead to 6-1 on a Dylan Busby 2-run home run. With Jackson Lueck on third, Busby hit a mammoth home run to nearly the exact same spot as Sansone over the Blue monster. Busby knew that the ball was gone right after he hit it, and tossed the bat. Ben DeLuzio took the next pitch off his shoulder, and the home plate umpire immediately came out and walked Keyton Gibson back to the mound after issuing warnings to both teams.
Chase Haney came in at the top of the ninth inning to close out the Yellow Jackets. Voyles went 3 innings giving up no runs on 3 hits with 1 strikeout. Haney sent Georgia Tech down in order in the ninth.
Florida State improved to 36-19 and 18-10 in the ACC. The Seminoles are now 2-0 in the ACC Tournament and will play Miami on Saturday for a chance to advance to the ACC Championship game on Sunday. That game will start at 3 PM.