No. 9 Baseball Suffers First Loss of the Season

March 11, 2016

Box Score

#9 Georgia Tech
(12-1, 0-1)

Game 13
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Georgia Tech 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 2
Florida State 1 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 X 8 14 1
#11 Florida State
(11-3, 1-0)
WP: Mike Compton (3-1) | LP: Brandon Gold (1-1) | SV: None
Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The ninth-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets suffered their first loss of the season Friday night with an 8-2 setback at No. 11 Florida State.

Georgia Tech (12-1, 0-1 ACC), which entered the night as the nation’s lone undefeated Division I team, surrendered four Seminoles (11-3, 1-0 ACC) home runs. Tech is now 15-8 in the first game of an ACC opening series under head coach Danny Hall, while the Jackets have lost seven straight ACC road games.

Because of impending inclement weather, game 2 of the series has been moved up to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Georgia Tech – Wade Bailey 2B, Connor Justus SS, Matt Gonzalez LF, Kel Johnson RF, Brandon Gold P, Trevor Craport 3B, Tristin English 1B, Arden Pabst C, Carter Hall CF

Florida State – Taylor Walls SS, John Sansone 3B, Quincy Nieporte DH, Cal Raleigh C, Gage West LF, Dylan Busby 1B, Darren Miller RF, Ben DeLuzio CF, Matt Henderson 2B, Mike Compton P

• Georgia Tech suffered its first loss of the season.
• Georgia Tech snapped its 12-game winning streak, which was its longest since March 2011 (16 games).
• The Yellow Jackets have now lost seven straight ACC road games (last ACC road win was April 5, 2015, at Virginia Tech).
• Tech is 15-8 in the first game of an ACC opening series under head coach Danny Hall.
• Tech is now 298-101 all-time in the month of March under Danny Hall.
• Florida State leads the all-time series 71-45, including a 37-16 mark in Tallahassee.
Danny Hall is 35-38 all-time vs. Florida State.
• Georgia Tech leads the nation with 28 double plays turned. Middle infielders Wade Bailey (2B) and Connor Justus (SS) have been a part of 15 of the 28 double plays.
• Georgia Tech has now used 13 different lineups to start the 2016 season. Only 2B Wade Bailey and SS Connor Justus have started every game at the same position.

• Florida State opened the scoring in the 1st to take a 1-0 lead. Taylor Walls led off with a double to right-center. Walls advanced to third on John Sansone’s groundout but scored on the play after Tristin English’s errant throw to third base.
• Georgia Tech tied it up at 1-1 in the 2nd thanks to Brandon Gold’s one-out solo shot to right-center.
• The Seminoles scored five runs in the 3rd to take a 6-1 lead. With one out, Quincy Nieporte reached base and advanced to second on Trevor Craport’s throwing error to first. After Cal Raleigh walked, Gage West followed with a single to center to load the bases. Dylan Busby drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI groundout to first. Darren Miller cleared the bases with a 3-run home run over the scoreboard in left. Matt Henderson followed with a solo shot to left-center for the 6-1 lead.
• Tech added a run in the 5th thanks to a Kel Johnson double to right field. Johnson’s RBI double scored Connor Justus for a 6-2 deficit.
• FSU added leadoff solo home runs in both the 5th (Cal Raleigh) and 7th (Sansone) innings.

“We got beat in all phases of the game. I felt like there were a few times where we didn’t make plays when we needed to make them. We had some chances to carve into the lead, but we couldn’t get a hit. Tip your cap (to Florida State). They were by far better than us tonight. Now we have to bounce back and get ready for tomorrow.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall on the Yellow Jackets’ first loss

Wade Bailey extended his career-best hit streak to 13 games.
• Friday was the time this season the Yellow Jackets went without a designated hitter in the lineup as pitcher Brandon Gold hit in the 5 spot.
• Gold hit a solo homer run in the 2nd inning, his second homer of the season and fourth of his career.
• Freshman Tristin English recorded a career-high three hits, going 3-for-3.

Game two of the ACC opening-weekend series will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. The game was moved up four hours from its original 6 p.m. start. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 or listen on WREK 91.1 FM.

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