DICK HOWSER STADIUM
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
FSU downed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 14-9 on Saturday to win their second home ACC game in a row. Every Seminole starter had at least one hit, and six had multiple base knocks as Robby Read (6-1) earned the win in relief and Kevin Lynch picked up his first save of the season. Nick Rogers led all batters with four RBIs and Tony Richie had three to power the Noles past GT.
The Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jeremy Slaydon singled with two outs and eventually scored on a single to centerfield by Jason Perry. Tech added another run in the next inning when Clifton Remole walked and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly, hit by Victor Menocal.
After a scoreless third inning, the Seminole offense finally woke up when Tony McQuade walked and moved to second on a single by Ryan Barthelemy. Blair McCaleb then doubled to left center to score McQuade. Barthelemy came in on a fielding error by the leftfielder on the same play to tie the game up. McCaleb then moved to third on a ground ball by Jerrod Brown, and scored on another one by Rogers that gave FSU a 3-2 lead.
That lead wouldn't last long as Slayden homered to right off of Varnes in the next inning to tie the game up again. After a two more singles, Varnes was pulled for Daniel Davidson who got of the jam with a couple of fly balls.
In the sixth, Brown singled to right and scored on a triple by Rogers down the left field line. Mike Futrell then blasted his fifth homerun of the season to put the Noles up 6-3.
Georgia Tech came right back in the next inning when Wes Rynders hit a two-run double and scored on a single to left by Mike Nickeas that tied the game up once again.
Not to be outdone, the Seminoles answered back in the seventh when McQuade and Barthelemy singled to put runners on the corners with one out. After a successful double steal that gave FSU a one run lead, McCaleb singled to right to score Barthelemy. After a pitching change, Brown singled and Futrell was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Noles. After yet another pitching change, Richie doubled to left to score both McCaleb and Brown to give Florida State a 10-6 cushion.
Once again, Tech rallied in the next frame when Slaydon reached on an infield single and scored on Tyler Parker's eighth homerun of the season. Perry was hit by a pitch and Brandon Boggs singled to left to put runners on the corners for the Yellow Jackets. GT then attempted a double steal of their own but FSU played it perfectly as Perry was gunned out at the plate by Stephen Drew. Georgia Tech picked up their final run of the inning when Matthew Boggs singled in Brandon Boggs (no relation) to make it a 10-9 ballgame.
FSU picked up some insurance runs in the bottom of the inning when McQuade doubled to right, Barthelemy was intentionally walked, and McCaleb drew another walk to load the bases with only one out. Brown was then hit by a pitch to score McQuade before Rogers singled to left to score Barthelemy and McCaleb. Richie Smith drew a walk before a sacrifice fly by Tony Richie brought home Brown to put the Noles up 14-9.
In the top of the ninth inning after hitting Menocal with a pitch, Kevin Lynch struck out Slaydon to end the game.
Florida State improved to 37-12 and 5-6 in the ACC while the Jackets fell to 32-7 and 8-5 in conference play. The Noles will go for the series sweep on Sunday with Marc LaMacchia (6-1 2.74) on the mound against Kyle Schmidt (3-0, 2.47) for Tech.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Nick Rogers (2-5, 2B, 3B, 1 R, 4 RBI)