ATLANTA — Sean Gilmartin’s RBI-single drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run ninth inning for Florida State, and the sixth-ranked Seminoles held off a Georgia Tech rally in the bottom half to capture an 8-6 victory Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Eighth-ranked Tech, which began the day with a percentage points lead in the ACC’s Coastal Division, saw its four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 32-12-1 overall and 15-8-1 in the ACC. FSU, the first-place team in the Atlantic Division, improved to 36-13 overall and19-8 in conference play.
The teams conclude the series at 1 p.m. today in a game regionally televised on SportSouth.
"I told our team it’s going to be a pretty good battle (today) to see who can win this series," said Tech coach Danny Hall. "We battled hard (Saturday), just couldn’t close it out in the ninth inning."
Jeff Rowland’s two-out home run gave the Yellow Jackets a 6-5 lead in the eighth inning, but Georgia Tech’s bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. Mike McGee singled off Patrick Long to start the rally, Jason Stidham drew a walk from North Hall High graduate Zach Brewster, and Stuart Tapley was hit by a pitch from Mark Pope to load the bases with no outs.
After Pope fanned Tommy Oravetz looking, he walked James Ramsey to force in the tying run. Gilmartin, a pinch-hitter, followed with a single to drive in Stidham and give FSU the lead. Rafael Lopez’ sacrifice fly gave the Seminoles their final 8-6 advantage.