ATLANTA — Tony Plagman drove in the winning run to cap a two-run ninth-inning rally, lifting No. 8 Georgia Tech past No. 6 Florida State, 6-5, Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium to win the weekend Atlantic Coast Conference series, two games to one.
The Yellow Jackets (33-12-1 overall, 16-8-1 ACC) won for the fifth time in six games, while the Seminoles, the first place team in the Atlantic Division, fell to 36-14, 19-9 in the ACC. Tech regained a percentage-points lead in the Coastal Division when North Carolina lost its series finale with NC State Sunday.
Chris House’s single began the Tech rally in the ninth against FSU closer Jimmy Marshall (3-2). Jeff Rowland followed with a walk, and Derek Dietrich got an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Marshall then walked Luke Murton to force in the tying run.
With the winning run at third, FSU coach Mike Martin inserted Sherman Johnson as a fifth infielder, positioned between the shortstop and second baseman, in an attempt to cut down the run at home. Plagman, whose solo homer in the seventh inning brought the Jackets within a run, hit the fourth pitch from Marshall up the middle. Johnson dove to field the ball, but his throw home was too late to retire Rowland dashing home from third.