For the first time in the 2013 college baseball season the Florida State Seminoles dropped a series, losing the rubber-match game with Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon by a score of 8-1.
“We made some mistakes but you also have to credit Virginia Tech, they took advantage of them and really poured it on, so to speak, and got a big four spot twice tonight,” said head coach Mike Martin. “When you make some mistakes you expect good clubs to take advantage of it and that’s exactly what they did.”
Florida State is now 24-4 with an 8-4 ACC mark. They lead the Atlantic, but both UNC and Virginia have better records in the Coastal.
After holding on to win the opening game on Saturday 11-10, the Florida State lost to Virginia Tech in the nightcap after giving up two four run innings.
“Virginia Tech has a very solid baseball team,” added Martin. “I was very impressed them. I didn’t see any weaknesses; thought they were strong up the middle. They deserved to win the ball game today, no doubt about it.”
Peter Miller took his first loss of the season. He went 3.1 innings, giving up six hits, four runs, three earned while also recording a strikeout and a walk. He was chased in the fourth inning after the Hokies after a run-clearing triple made it 4-0 Hokies.
Miller gave up back to back singles to start the fourth before recording the first out. A throwing error on Jose Brizuela allowed the first runner to score before CF Andrew Rash tripled to make it 4-0 and send Martin and the Seminoles into their bullpen.
Two innings later in the top of the 6th the Seminoles got on the board for the first and only time when SS Giovanny Alfonzo drove in a run on a groundout, but that would do it for the Seminoles offensively on the night. Florida State mustered just 8 hits the whole game.
In the bottom of the 7th Kyle Bird was charged with four runs after first surrendering an RBI double and then loading the bases for Gage Smith. Smith gave up two singles and allowed the fourth run of the inning to cross on a fielder's choice.
Up 8-1, the Hokies had little trouble finishing off Florida State.
The Seminoles return home on Tuesday for a two game set with no. 25 Florida Gulf Coast University.
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