March 13, 2016 - by

Noles Sweep Series Against Georgia Tech

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Dylan Busby cracked his second home run in as many days as the Seminoles completed a weekend sweep of Georgia Tech with an 8-3 victory on Sunday at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. It marks the fifth ACC opening sweep for Florida State in since the 2010 season.

Busby highlighted a 2-for-3 outing, which also included a triple, by recording two RBI and sending his second home run of the season over the fence in back-to-back games. It’s the second time that Busby has hit home runs in back-to-back games since cracking three dingers in three games against Virginia and Alabama State in mid-March last season.

Quincy Nieporte (1-4, 2 RBI), John Sansone (2-4, 2 RBI, double) and Cal Raleigh (2-5, 2 RBI) were also instrumental in Florida State’s offensive success at the plate as they helped the Seminoles post a .382 batting average over the weekend.

Cole Sands (3-1) provided stability on the mound as he struck out five Yellow Jackets over 5.1 innings, surrendering four hits and three runs in the process. He was followed by the trio of Ed Voyles, Cobi Johnson and Tyler Warmoth. That unit posted six strikeouts, two for each pitcher, and five walks for the remainder of the game.

“I am very satisfied because the ball club didn’t go out and go through the motions,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They went out with the intention of getting it done. It makes all of our staff proud to be a Seminole when they go out and play like they did.”

Florida State capitalized on three straight hits in the home half of the first, using a single to the shortstop by Sansone to move Taylor Walls to third. Raleigh followed by sending a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Walls and moving Sansone to third. Nieporte continued the trend with a single to right, plating Sansone, as the Noles took a 2-0 advantage.

Gage West roped a two-out single past the right side of the infield in the third inning. Busby followed knocking a triple off the centerfield wall, scoring West from first, as Florida State assumed the three-run lead.

Matt Gonzalez opened up the first scoring inning for the Yellow Jackets by reaching base after being hit by a pitch. After stealing second, Gonzalez came home on a single through the left side by Joey Bart. The Seminoles ended the scoring threat with a double play.

The Seminoles’ offense struck again in the fourth inning, using a series of hit batters and a walk to load the bases for Raleigh. Raleigh sent his second hit of the day to right centerfield, scoring Matt Henderson. Nieporte followed with a sacrifice to center that brought home Walls for the 5-1 score.

Florida State enjoyed its third multiple run inning of the game in the fifth, which began with a solo home run to right field by Busby. Two outs later Henderson followed with a single up the middle and moved into third on a double into left field by Walls. Sansone brought home his teammates with a bases clearing triple off the right centerfield wall, extending the lead to seven.

Gonzalez opened the sixth inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Kel Johnson followed with a walk and after a double steal both runners were in scoring position. Two batters later, Bart double into right field to plate both Gonzalez and Johnson to move within five of the Noles.

Starter Jonathan Hughes (3-1) took the loss for the Yellow Jackets after allowing five earned runs and three on six hits in 3.2 innings.

The Seminoles now turn their attention to the first of three meetings with in-state rival Florida on Tuesday. Heading to the mound for Florida State will be Tyler Holton (0-1, 2.77 ERA), while the Gators will counter with Dane Dunning (1-0, 4.91). The game, set for a 7 p.m. start in Gainesville, is available on the SEC Network.

Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).

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