TALLAHASSEE, FL — Leftfielder Karl Jernigan ripped a basehit to
centerfield to drive in pinch-runner George Otero in the bottom of the
ninth inning as No. 13 Florida State (35-12, 12-2 ACC) defeated No. 22
Georgia Tech (28-13, 9-6 ACC), 3-2, in front of 2,019 fans at Dick Howser
Jernigan’s hit came with the bases loaded and no outs in the inning.
First baseman Kevin Cash led off the inning with a basehit and second
baseman Brooks Badeaux followed with a single. Shortstop Brett Groves
walked to load the bases.
Right-hander Scott Proctor (3-1) retired the final two Georgia Tech
batters in the top of the ninth inning as he earned the win in relief of
starter Wes Crawford. Crawford gave up two unearned runs on eight hits
while striking out seven batters in 8 1/3 innings pitched.
The Seminoles were the first to put a run on the board as centerfielder
Brian Cox walked and scored on a basehit by designated hitter Terry
Henderson in the fourth inning.
Georgia Tech quickly retaliated in the top of the fifth inning to tie the
score at 1-1, as rightfielder Scott Prather belted a basehit to knock in
shortstop Kevin Rollins. The Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead as Prather
walked and scored on a fielding error by FSU second baseman Brooks Badeaux
in the seventh inning.
Florida State knotted the score, 2-2, in the eighth inning as third
baseman Jose Zabala walked and scored on a fielder’s choice by Henderson.
Georgia Tech right-hander Jase Wrigley (4-2) gave up two runs on four hits
in 1 2/3 innings pitched as he took the loss in relief. Right-hander L.J.
Yankoskey surrendered one run on four hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Yankosky struck out five batters in the outing.
GT 000 010 100 2 8 2 FSU 000 100 011 3 8 2
E-Rollins 2, Badeaux, Groves.
DP-GT 4, FSU 1. LOB-GT 11, FSU 10.