DICK HOWSER STADIUM
| Cash Hall |
700 N. Woodward
Tallahassee, FL 32304
| Osceola Hall |
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
#8 Florida State defeated #5 Georgia Tech 4-3 on Friday in front of 4,133 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Stephen Drew's three RBIs and very good pitching from Matt Lynch (8-1) and Daniel Hodges (5 saves) were the difference in the game. Lynch went 6.0 innings, allowing nine hits but just one earned run while walking two batters and striking out six to win his eighth game of the season. Hodges threw 3.0 innings of relief to pick up his fifth save, allowing six hits but only one run while striking out three batters. Kyle Bakker (9-1) threw a complete game for the Yellow Jackets but picked up his first loss of the year.
Tech took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Eric Patterson singled, stole second, advanced on a fielder's choice, and scored on a an error by Drew.
The Jackets extended that lead to 2-0 on a homerun to right-center hit by Jeremy Slaydon in the third inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Noles got on the scoreboard when Blair McCaleb doubled down the left field line, moved to third on a groundball, and scored on a single to to left by Mike Futrell that cut the Tech lead in half.
An inning later, Tony Richie doubled to right and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Toole. After Jerrod Brown struck out looking, Drew blasted his seventh homerun of the season, yet another mammoth shot to right-center that put the Seminoles ahead 3-2.
Florida State extended that lead in the seventh frame when Tony Richie singled to left, moved to second on another sacrifice bunt by Toole, and scored on a Drew single to left-center that gave FSU a 4-2 lead.
Tech closed the gap in the top of the eighth when Matthew Boggs singled to right and eventually scored on a single to centerfield by Patterson. GT had the tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth but Hodges struck out Brandon Boggs to end the game.
Despite errors from both Drew and Barthelemy, the Seminoles played solid infield defense, turning three double plays including a spectacular 3-6-1 twin killing in the eighth inning.
Florida State and Georgia Tech play game two of the series on Saturday at 1:00 with Blair Varnes (5-3 4.17) on the hill for FSU.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Stephen Drew (2-4, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI)