After suffering an 8-0 defeat at the hands of the Florida Gators, the top-ranked Florida State baseball team travelled to Atlanta looking to get back on track against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. But the offense remained dormant through most of this one, and the Seminoles couldn’t find the big hit late, losing 5-3.
Tech got off to an early start against ‘Nole ace Luke Weaver. After Daniel Spingola started the bottom of the first with a single, Mott Hyde reached on an error by FSU’s John Nogowski. Matt Gonzalez’s single scored Spingola, and after Thomas Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Weaver issued a walk to A.J. Murray to make it 2-0. A Connor Justus base hit drove in two more, and Keenan Innis plated another to stake GT to a 5-0 lead after the first frame.
Pitching then took over, as Weaver settled in nicely. Florida State batters couldn’t do anything with Jackets’ starter Josh Heddinger, as he held them hitless through five innings.
The ‘Noles finally broke up the no-hitter and an 18-inning scoreless streak in the sixth, when Danny De La Calle led off with a single up the middle. Casey Smit followed suit, and De La Calle tallied the Seminoles’ first run when a grounder off the bat of Justin Gonzalez was mishandled. Sam Clay came on to pitch for Tech, but DJ Stewart’s single drove Smit home. Clay then fanned Nogowski and Jose Brizuela and induced a Brett Knief groundout to end the inning with Georgia Tech leading 5-2.
FSU got right back after Clay in the seventh, as John Sansone and Ben DeLuzio drew walks to start the inning. They were both in scoring position after De La Calle grounded out, and Gonzalez came to the plate with the sacks packed after Smit was hit by a pitch. Gonzalez worked a walk as well, and the score tightened to 5-3. But the Jackets caught a break, as DJ Stewart crushed a line drive right to Justus at short, who flipped it to Hyde to double up Smit at second.
The ‘Noles threatened again in the eighth, when Nogowski led off by dumping a double into the right-field corner. Jameis Winston and pinch-hitter Josh Delph went down before Sansone was hit by a pitch, but DeLuzio struck out to end the inning.
Gage Smith worked a perfect eighth for Florida State, and pinch-hitter Ladson Montgomery started the Seminole ninth with a single up the middle. Nick Graganella came on to pinch run, and was forced out at second when Smit hit into what should have been a double play. Gonzalez lined out to center, and Stewart grounded out to end the game. Dusty Isaacs worked a two-inning save for Tech.
The loss brings FSU to 26-7 on the year and 13-3 in ACC play. They’ll face Georgia Tech again tomorrow at 2 pm.