Florida State (21-2, 6-2 ACC) rebounded from their 10-0 early game loss to Georgia Tech (18-4, 6-2 ACC) by taking game two of the doubleheader forcibly by a score of 11-3. Less than an hour after the book was closed on a dominating performance by the Jackets that featured Buck Farmer mowing through the Seminole lineup, Scott Sitz and the 'Noles responded in kind in the night cap.
“I was very impressed with the way we bounced back,” said head coach Mike Martin. “That says a lot about our club. Georgia Tech is certainly a very good team and it was great to see us bounce back like we did.”
Florida State jumped on top in the bottom of the first. After Josh Delph singled to lead off the ballgame and Marcus Davis doubled to put both men in scoring position, DJ Stewart scored Delph on a sacrifice fly.
The next batter Stephen McGee singled to bring in Davis and make it 2-0 after the opening frame.
Stewart had a huge day for the Seminoles, in the 5th inning he hit a grand slam over the right-center field wall to blow the game wide open in the Seminoles' favor and make it 7-0.
“DJ is certainly a young man that just needs to play,” said Martin. “After the first game he was a little dejected but he is a guy that is learning the game. He went right back in there, had some very good at-bats and drove in a lot of runs for us tonight.”
He drove in 6 runs on the day on 2-4 hitting, he also had the sac fly that brought in Davis in the first. Stewart is going to be a huge part of the Seminole lineup moving forward, with him and Davis both hitting Florida State has the kind of lineup any team needs to be careful around.
Davis was 2-3 during the nightcap with two walks, he didn't drive anyone in but crossed the dish four times himself. Stephen McGee also went 2-4 and drove in three runs on the evening as Florida State avenged its early loss with 11 runs in the late game.
On this hill for the Seminoles Scott Sitz was not lights out, but he fought through five plus innings and got his fifth win of the season.
“Scotty gave us exactly what we needed,” said Martin. “And that was five quality innings. I thought he battled. Georgia Tech is obviously a beautiful baseball team. They are the total package. I did not see a weakness in their club; I was very impressed with them.”
Sitz finished the day with 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2R, 0 ER and 5K.
Gage Smith went 1.2 innings in relief of Sitz and held the Jackets scoreless. After Kyle Bird ran into some trouble in the 8th, Brandon Johnson and Robby Coles combined to get the Seminoles through the rest of the game without allowing anyone else to cross.
The Seminoles finished the day with a split, losing game one 10-0, taking game two 11-3. They will play the rubber game Sunday at 1 PM.
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