April 7, 2018 - by
Thomas Stymies FSU Offense, Noles Fall at GT

Box Score

ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia Tech (18-13, 7-7 ACC) won a pitcher’s duel Saturday, beating No. 6 Florida State (24-8, 8-6) 2-1 Saturday afternoon under overcast skies in Russ Chandler Stadium. The game started two hours earlier than previously scheduled due to the threat of rain later in the evening.

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Drew Parrish pitched six innings for Florida State, allowing eight hits but just one run while striking out four. Connor Thomas (4-3) pitched a complete game for the Yellow Jackets and struck out nine.

Conor Grady (3-1) allowed a seventh-inning run in his first inning of work for his first loss of the season.

Mike Salvatore tied a career high with three hits. Rhett Aplin had two of FSU’s three other hits, including a sixth-inning triple that scored Salvatore and tied the score at 1-1. Steven Wells tripled in the fifth inning, the first of his career.

Georgia Tech scored in the bottom of the fifth when Parrish allowed a single to Austin Wilhite and Oscar Serratos followed with a double to right centerfield. Wilhite scored, but Serratos was out at second base trying to return to the bag.

Serratos’ second double of the game opened the seventh inning off Grady. Nick Wilhite sacrifice bunted Serratos to third and Wade Bailey reached on a fielder’s choice to Nick Derr at shortstop – Derr threw home but not in time to get Serratos, and Tech had a 2-1 lead.

Thomas closed out his complete game in the ninth.

Of Note
  • Cooper Swanson made his first career start in right field. He ran down a long fly ball at the wall in the fourth inning for an out and had his first outfield assist on Serratos’ double in the fifth inning.
  • Rhett Aplin and Steven Wells tripled in the game, doubling FSU’s season total (2 coming in). It was Aplin’s second career triple and Wells’ first, and FSU’s first game with two triples since May 21, 2016 against Miami.
  • Mike Salvatore had three hits Saturday, tying a career high.
  • Cal Raleigh started his 156th consecutive game and 162nd of his career.
  • Rhett Aplin is hitting .357 in 14 ACC games. In two games against Georgia Tech, Aplin is hitting 5-for-9. His three hits Friday night were a season high.
Up Next

Florida State and Georgia Tech wrap the weekend series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. LHP Austin Pollock (2-2, 4.94 ERA) will throw for FSU and RHP Tristin English (1-0, 3.43 ERA).

The game will stream on the ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN.

Eric Luallen will be on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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