BLACKSBURG, Va. – For the first time this season, Florida State lost on Sunday as Virginia Tech topped the Seminoles, 17-0, at English Field in Blacksburg. FSU (14-7, 3-3 ACC) trailed 1-0 entering the sixth inning, but the Hokies (13-9, 3-3 ACC) scored 10 in the sixth and six more in the seventh to secure the victory.
Florida State starter Drew Parrish (2-1) was strong through five innings, allowing just one run, but ran into trouble in the sixth. He finished allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out a career-high seven.
Virginia Tech’s Nick Anderson (4-1) pitched eight scoreless innings before giving way to Kit Scheetz.
Junior outfielder Rhett Aplin led the way for the Seminoles, accounting for three of the Seminoles five hits. He is hitting a team-high .348 on the season.
The Hokies scored what amounted to the winning run on Tom Stoffel’s RBI single in the third inning.
In the sixth, Virginia Tech sent 16 batters to the plate, scoring 10 runs on seven hits. After chasing Parrish, Grant Stewart and Will Zirzow also pitched in the inning.
The next inning, Alec Byrd and Steven Wells were on the mound when the Hokies scored six runs, sending 12 batters to the plate.
FSU’s best chance to score came in the second inning. Aplin’s first single of the day was followed by a perfect bunt single from Dylan Busby and a walk to Tyler Daughtry. All three were stranded when J.C. Flowers popped out and Matt Henderson grounded out to second base.
The Seminoles return to Dick Howser Stadium for a home game Tuesday against Jacksonville. Florida State beat the Dolphins 6-5 earlier this season in Jacksonville. Sophomore Andrew Karp is expected to take the hill for FSU. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. and will stream live on the ACC Network Extra, with play-by-play from Shawn Davison and analysis from Chip Baker.
Eric Luallen will be live on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee and nationwide through the FSU Gameday App.
– Tyler Daughtry picked up another walk on Sunday, his seventh of the weekend and 26th on the year. He is tied with Taylor Walls for the team lead, and both rank in the Top 10 nationally.
– Drew Parrish recorded seven strikeouts, a new career high. He previously had six against Samford in his first career start on February 26.
– With an 0-for-3 day, Walls’ streak of reaching base ended at 34 consecutive games.
– Virginia Tech’s 10 runs in the sixth inning was the first time since the 2008 College World Series against Stanford that Florida State allowed 10 or more runs in an inning.
– Sunday’s game was the worst shutout loss in FSU history, topping a 15-0 loss at Hawaii in 2005.