Florida State University decided earlier in the week to play a doubleheader on Friday afternoon in anticipation of some severe weather scheduled to make its way through the big bend on Saturday. Rather than try to fit the game in on Saturday afternoon, they opted to add a day game on Friday.
Unfortunately nobody informed the baseball team.
The Seminoles sleepwalked through the first game of their doubleheader against Georgia Tech on Friday afternoon, losing 10-0 and getting outhit 13-3 as Georgia Tech ace Buck Farmer mowed through their lineup.
Farmer was superb in the early game for the Yellow Jackets, pitching seven strong innings, striking out seven and surrendering just two hits while keep the Seminoles off balance all afternoon.
The Seminoles struggled to even make contact against Farmer and their approach at the plate- one where the team tries to work counts and take a lot of pitches- worked against Florida State in the day-game. Farmer was throwing strikes, getting ahead in counts and forcing the Seminole hitters off balance.
The results were unmistakable, Florida State never got a runner past second against Farmer and never looked comfortable at the dish.
He had little problem improving to 5-0.
Opposite Farmer, LHP Brandon Leibrandt couldn't have had much more go wrong for him.
After escaping a jam in the top of the first, Leibrandt lasted just one out into the top of the 2nd before getting the hook from Florida State manager Mike Martin.
Leibrandt gave up a double and a single to put men on the corners at the start of the inning, then allowed an RBI single by 2B Matt Gonzalez to plate the first of many Georgia Tech runs on the day.
The sophomore lefty was able to get the first out on a grounder the next batter, but then plunked the following hitter before LF Kyle Wren drove in two more with another single.
That was it for Leibrandt, who would be charged another run also before Bryant Holtmann could get Florida State out of the inning trailing 4-0.
Leibrandt's final line on the day was 1.1 IP, 10 BF, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 HBP and he took his first loss of the season to drop to 4-1.
Holtmann could only slow the bleeding. After a 1-2-3 third, he gave up two more runs when freshman DH Dylan Dore singled in the 4th to make it 6-0.
Kenny Burkhead also got knocked around some in his two innings, surrendering four more runs over the next two innings, three of which came when C Zane Evans homered to make it 10-0 in the 6th.
Down double digits the starters came out and both teams started getting some young players at-bats and experience.
The loss was just Florida State's second on the season, dropping them to 20-2.
But all wasn't lost on the day for the Seminoles, despite the offensive ineptitude and bad outings from several of their more reliable arms, freshman LHP Dylan Silva pitched three hitless innings to close the game out for the Seminoles.
It was a small silver lining in an otherwise miserable game. The Seminoles will square off with Georgia Tech (18-3, 6-1 ACC) again in the nightcap coming up shortly.
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