May 8, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Georgia Tech (32-11-1, 15-7-1 ACC) scored 12 unanswered in handing Florida State (35-13, 18-8 ACC) its first loss since April 14. The Yellow Jackets halted a six-game losing streak to FSU downing the Seminoles 12-3 on Friday night inside Russ Chandler Stadium. The loss also snapped FSU’s win streak at a season-best 14 games.
After Florida State ran out to an early three-run lead, Georgia Tech slowly chipped away at the lead with a run in the second and another in the third before erupting for five runs in the fifth, three in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
FSU starter Sean Gilmartin suffered just his second loss of the season as the freshman southpaw fell to 9-2 on the year. Gilmartin allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on 10 hits, all season-highs as he issued a walk and struck out four.
Stuart Tapley and Tyler Holt led the Seminole offensive with two hits apiece. With singles in the first and second innings, Holt extended his streak of reaching base to 38 straight games as the sophomore center fielder has now reached base in all but one game this year. Jason Stidham extended his hit streak to a season-high 10 games with a single in the first.
Florida State jumped out to the early lead scoring three runs on five hits in the top of the first. Holt led off the game with a single to left center and scored a batter later on Stephen Cardullo’s two-run homer to center. The junior shortstop lifted a 1-2 offering from Georgia Tech starter Deck McGuire (9-0) out of the park for his ninth home run of the season. The Seminoles followed with three more hits including a bunt single by Mike McGee, a single by Stidham and a double down the line in right by Tommy Oravetz. McGee scored the third run of the inning crossing the plate on a groundball double play off the bat of Tapley.
Georgia Tech cut the deficit with a run in the second on a fielder’s choice RBI by Chris House. The Yellow Jackets began the inning with consecutive singles by Tony Plagman and Jason Haniger. Plagman moved to third on an unassisted groundout to first by Matt Skole and scored a batter later on House’s fielder choice.
The Yellow Jackets capitalized on a Seminole error in the third to draw within one of the Florida State lead. After Jeff Rowland reached on a fielding error to start the inning, Gilmartin recorded back-to-back strikeouts before giving up an RBI single to right by Plagman scoring Rowland to make the score 3-2 in favor of FSU.
Georgia Tech surged in front for the first time on Friday night with five runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead. Five straight Yellow Jackets reached to start the inning as Luke Murton and Plagman each registered RBI singles, while Haniger drove in a run on a sac-fly to center. With the bases loaded, Evan Martin increased the Georgia Tech lead with a two-out, two-run single to right center scoring Murton and Plagman.
McGuire settled down after the three-run first as the sophomore right hander allowed just two hits over the next five innings. He finished the game issuing two walks while striking out six.
Gilmartin returned to the mound to pitch the sixth and retired the Yellow Jackets in order for the third time Friday night. But in the seventh, the Moorpark, Calif., native gave up three more runs on a pair of Georgia Tech home runs. Plagman hit a solo shot to left to start the seventh, while Skole went opposite field connecting on a two-run blast to left.
Jack Posey pitched the final two innings as he gave up two runs on three hits. Haniger took Posey deep in the eighth, a two-run shot out to left for his eighth home run of the season. The two runs brought to a close Posey’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 10.1 innings.
Plagman finished the game 5-for-5 with a home run and four singles. The five hits tied a career-high for the junior first baseman.
Florida State and Georgia Tech return to the diamond for game two of a three game series on Saturday, May 9 with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will broadcast live on the Regional Sports Network as fans are encouraged to check their local listings. Fans can also listen to the action locally on 100.7 FM and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.