No. 9 Baseball Drops Series Finale at Florida State, 8-3
Freshman Joey Bart goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBI
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the second straight day, ninth-ranked Georgia Tech were plagued by Florida State’s big innings as the Yellow Jackets fell 8-3 to the 14th-ranked Seminoles on Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium.
Georgia Tech (12-3, 0-3 ACC) has now lost nine straight ACC road games, while the Seminoles (13-3, 3-0 ACC) recorded 10+ hits in all three games of the series.
Freshman Joey Bart went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, his second 3-hit, 3-RBI game of the week.
Florida State – Taylor Walls SS, John Sansone 3B, Cal Raleigh C, Quincy Nieporte DH, Gage West LF, Dylan Busby 1B, Darren Miller RF, Ben DeLuzio CF, Matt Henderson 2B, Cole Sands P
• The Yellow Jackets have now lost nine straight ACC road games (last ACC road win was April 5, 2015, at Virginia Tech).
• Tech is now 298-103 all-time in the month of March under Danny Hall.
• Florida State leads the all-time series 73-45, including a 39-16 mark in Tallahassee.
• Danny Hall is 35-40 all-time vs. Florida State.
• Georgia Tech has now used 15 different batting lineups to start the 2016 season.
• Freshman Joey Bart was the designated hitter for the first time this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida State hung a two-spot in the bottom of the 1st. Taylor Walls drew a lead-off walk. Jonathan Hughes then surrendered three straight singles to the Seminoles. Cal Raleigh’s RBI single through the right side gave FSU a 1-0 lead. Quincy Nieporte’s RBI single to center increased the Seminoles lead to 2-0.
• The Seminoles extended their lead to 3-0 in the 3rd when Dylan Busby hit an RBI triple to the deepest part of the centerfield over the glove of a leaping Ryan Peurifoy.
• Georgia Tech scratched a run in the 4th. With two runners aboard, Joey Bart delivered a chopping RBI single through the left side of the infield to score Matt Gonzalez.
• FSU responded with a two-run 4th on Raleigh’s second RBI single and Nieporte’s RBI sacrifice fly to take a 5-1 lead.
• Florida State added three more runs in the 5th for an 8-1 lead.
• Tech managed to scratch two more runs in the 6th but nothing more after that. Bart drove in Kel Johnson and Gonzalez with a 2-RBI single through the right side.
“Every time you play in the ACC it’s a test and I thought we failed miserably this weekend. We didn’t pitch as well as we needed to, we didn’t play good enough defense and didn’t hit as good as we need to hit. Tip your cap to them. I thought they played well; they were particularly hard to get out. We gotta get better. That’s the bottom line. It’s the first ACC weekend; we need to block it out. We have 27 more ACC games to go, but we have to get better.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on Jackets opening weekend in ACC play
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Georgia Tech failed to turn a double play for the first time this season.
• Wade Bailey went 0-for-5, snapping his career-best 14-game hitting streak.
• Freshman DH Joey Bart went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, his second 3-hit, 3-RBI game in four games.
• Junior CF Ryan Peurifoy and junior C Arden Pabst each went 2-for-4.
• Freshman RHP Jonathan Hughes (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
No. 9 Georgia Tech returns home for four games beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Auburn. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and WREK 91.1 FM.