The loss marked just the second time in 10 games this year that FSU has lost to a divisional opponent. Despite the set back, FSU was still able to maintain its two game lead over Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division thanks to the Tigers' 9-5 loss to Wake Forest.
A pair of two-run home runs by the Wolfpack was all NC State starter Jack Buchanan (6-4) needed as the junior right hander baffled the Seminoles for 7.1 innings. After giving up two runs on four hits in the first, Buchanan blanked the Garnet and Gold scattering just two hits over the next 6.1 innings of work.
"It was a beautifully pitched ball game by Jake Buchanan," said head coach Mike Martin. "You just have to take your hat off to him. He was impressive from the second inning on. We didn't get a sniff off him and some nights that happens."
Both home runs came off FSU starter Sean Gilmartin, who dropped to 6-6 on the year. Gilmartin came out of the gates on fire retiring 10 of the first 11 batters that he faced before giving up his first base hit of the game with one out in the fourth on a single to left by Drew Poulk. Gilmartin finished the evening throwing 5.2 innings allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits as he walked just one and struck out six.
Tyler Holt led the Florida State offense on Friday night recording two of the six Seminole hits. The junior centerfielder reached base on three of his four plate appearances recording a single, double and hit-by-pitch.
Mike McGee and Sherman Johnson each picked up an RBI singling home a run in the first.
The Seminoles opened the game as the first five batters to the plate reached on four singles and a hit-by-pitch. McGee plated the first run of the game on a single through the right side scoring Holt from second, who led off the game with a single to right. Stephen Cardullo was thrown at third by right fielder Drew Poulk for the first out of the inning. After NC State Buchanan hit Stuart Tapley with a pitch, Johnson followed with an RBI single to center scoring McGee to give FSU a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.
FSU threatened in the second but left the bases loaded as Buchanan got Tapley looking at a called third strike to end the inning. With runners at second and third following a walk to Travis and a double by Holt, Cardullo hit a bouncer back to the mound that Buchanan was able to field cleanly and get Travis in a run down for the second out of the inning. Following a walk to McGee, the Wolfpack right hander kept the Seminole lead at two getting Tapley out on strikes.
"We had him in a pickle; one big base hit, we got a four run ball game, but it just didn't happen," added Martin.
NC State registered its first hit in the fourth on a one-out single to left by Drew Poulk and scored its first two runs of the evening one batter later on a two-run blast off the bat of Harold Riggins to tie the game 2-2. Riggins took a 3-2 pitch from Gilmartin over the fence in right center for his eighth home run of the season.
The Wolfpack went on top for the first time on Friday plating a run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Russell Wilson crossed the plate for the go-ahead run on an infield single to third by Kyle Wilson. The run came on two outs and was unearned as a fielding error at short got Russell Wilson to third.
NC State extended its lead to 5-2 in the sixth on its second home run of the evening. Andrew Ciencin had the green light on a 3-0 pitch from Gilmartin hitting the top of the scoreboard in left for his eighth round tripper of the season. Drew Poulk scored on the home run after leading off the inning with a single back up the middle. A two-out single by Pratt Maynard ended the evening for Gilmartin.
Tyler Everett came on and got pinch hitter Tarran Senay to fly out to left to end the inning. Everett threw 2.2 scoreless innings in game one allowing two hits and three walks, while recording a strikeout.
Travis led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit back up the middle, the Seminoles first hit off Buchanan since Holt's single to left in the second. The junior right hander then hit Holt with a pitch to put runners at first and second with no body out. But Buchanan kept the Wolfpack's lead in tact getting Cardullo looking on strikes and then McGee to ground into an inning ending double play.
Robby Scott and Daniel Bennett each registered 0.1 of an inning in relief.
NC State's Grant Sasser threw the final 1.2 innings to earn his fourth save of the season.
"They are a very good baseball team," said Martin. "These last five games are crucial. They have beaten Virginia and Georgia Tech two out of three this year, so we know they are capable of coming in here and getting them all."
The Seminoles return to the diamond for game two of the series against the Wolfpack on Saturday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Sun Sports, while fans can listen in locally on 100.7 FM and on the web at Seminoles.com.