ATLANTA, Ga. – No. 6 Florida State (24-9, 8-7 ACC) allowed seven runs in the fifth inning, leading Georgia Tech (19-13, 8-7) to a 16-3 win in the rubber match of the series Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Seminoles had won three consecutive league series prior to this weekend.
Austin Pollock (2-3) lost his third straight decision, allowing four runs on five hits with five walks in 4.0 innings. Seven FSU hitters had at least one hit over the first five innings, but FSU mustered just one run in that span as Tech broke the game open in the fifth inning.
Tristin English (2-0) pitched six innings for the Jackets, giving up a run on eight hits. As the team’s designated hitter, he was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Pollock walked Chase Murray, the ACC’s leading hitter who missed the first two games of the series in concussion protocol, to start the game and Joey Bart singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch scored Murray but was the Jackets only run in the frame.
Mike Salvatore, FSU’s top hitter this weekend with seven hits, doubled to open the third inning and scored on Rhett Aplin’s groundout to tie the score at 1-1. He also doubled in the seventh inning.
Tech immediately answered in the bottom of the inning. Kyle McCann singled, English walked and Colin Hall hit a two-out double down the left field line that scored McCann and gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead.
Salvatore led off the fifth inning getting hit by a pitch but was thrown out at second attempting to steal. Aplin hit an infield single and Cal Raleigh singled to left field to put runners on the corners but Mendoza grounded out to third base to end the frame.
With FSU unable to capitalize in the top of the inning, the Yellow Jackets broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. Pollock and fellow freshmen Jonah Scolaro and CJ Van Eyk allowed five hits, two walks and a hit batter in the frame.
A fourth freshman, Shane Drohan, made his third appearance of the year in the sixth inning, allowing two home runs (one inside the park).
Tyler Ahearn, FSU’s fifth freshman pitcher, closed the game pitching in the seventh and eighth innings.
Florida State will host No. 1 Florida Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. RHP Andrew Karp (5-2), who threw a complete-game four-hitter against the Gators two weeks ago in Jacksonville, will pitch for the Seminoles.
The game will stream on the ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN. Shawn Davison (PxP) and Chip Baker (color) will provide commentary.
Eric Luallen will be on the radio in Tallahassee on 106.1 FM and nationwide on the FSU Gameday App.
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