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Seminoles Hang On 11-10, Win Opener of Saturday Doubleheader

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The Seminoles took game one of their doubleheader with Virginia Tech by a score of 11-10 on Saturday after a wild 21-run game at English Field.

After dropping Friday's game to the Hokies, the Seminoles were able to rebound in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader behind some solid relief work and good day at the plate.

The Seminoles batted around in the top of the first, plating five runs and sending 11 men to the dish. After 3B Jose Brizuela extended the inning by beating out a throw to first on a double play attempt to score DH Marcus Davis, the Seminoles plated four more with two outs, including two RBI's by SS Giovanny Alfonzo.

The next inning Florida State pushed their lead out to 8-0 when C Stephen McGee and Brizuela drove in runs with hits and CF Seth Miller added another on a sacrifice fly. 

But that lead did not hold, Scott Sitz, who has been solid for the Seminoles all season, got knocked around in a big 7-run fourth inning that tied the game.

Entering the bottom of the 4th the 'Noles held on to what looked like a stable 8-1 lead, but three errors quickly destroyed the Florida State advantage as the Hokies sent 11 batters of their own up to the dish in the inning. 

The Hokies put together four straight RBI hits despite just one ball making it out of the infield. The inning continued with consecutive fielding errors, first by Sitz and then from Bryant Holtmann (who came on in relief of Sitz). The inning finally ended when LF Tyler Horan was thrown out at third but not before C Mark Zagunis tied the game with a two-run single to right.

Sitz finished the game with 3.2 innings pitched with seven hits allowed and eight runs surrendered, but just one of those runs was earned. 

Holtmann came on to relieve Sitz and worked 2.1 scoreless innings to allow Florida State to steady themselves and come away with the win though. The 6-5 sophomore gave up three hits while stymieing the Hokies' momentum.

The Seminoles retook the lead the next inning when McGee walked with the bases loaded, but couldn't further the advantage in the inning. 

Two innings later in the top of the 7th Florida State increased their lead to 11-8 when a wild pitch scored RF Josh Delph and McGee singled in another RBI.

But Tech didn't go quietly, answering with a run in the bottom of the 7th inning to cut the lead back to two runs, 11-9.

In the bottom of the 9th Robby Coles was tested on his way to picking up his sixth save in as many chances. The Hokies scored one run and had the bases loaded with one out off of Coles before he managed to buckle down and record a strikeout and a groundout to second to escape with a win.

Florida State will play Virginia Tech in game three of the series, game two of today's doubleheader coming up shortly.

 

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