March 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Buck Farmer turned in another gem and the nation’s leading offense went to work Friday at Dick Howser Stadium as No. 11 Georgia Tech rolled past No. 5 Florida State, 10-0, in the opener of a three-game series. ACC Player of the Week Zane Evans was 3-for-4 and homered.
The game was the first of a Friday doubleheader between the teams, as the weekend schedule was adjusted due to forecasted rain on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 18-3 overall, 6-1 in the ACC, while the Seminoles slipped to 20-2, 5-2. It marked Tech’s third shutout win of the season and the first over FSU since April 22, 2000 – a 5-0 win in Tallahassee.
Farmer (5-0) fired a two-hit masterpiece over seven innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts to win for the 29th time in his career and for the second-straight time versus the Seminoles. The senior improved to 2-1 in his career in four starts versus FSU with a 2.33 ERA and 28 strikeouts and 17 hits allowed in 27 innings.
Georgia Tech pounded out 13 hits against the nation’s fifth-best pitching staff and reached the double-digit mark in runs for the 14th time this season (14-0). Evans doubled and scored in the second inning, singled in the fifth and his three-run bomb to left in the sixth inning made it a 10-0 game.
Evans extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his 10 homers and 35 RBI continue to lead the ACC.
The Jackets jumped on the Noles with four runs and five hits in the second inning. Evans got things started with a double and later scored when Matt Gonzalez ripped an RBI single to center. Kyle Wren smoked a two-run single through the left side made and Sam Dove followed in the next at-bat with his second single in as many innings for a 4-0 advantage.
That would prove to be all Farmer needed en route to his fifth career combined shutout. Josh Heddinger fired two scoreless innings to close the book on FSU.
FSU lefty Brandon Leibrandt was touched up for four runs on six hits in 1.1 innings to absorb his first loss of the season (4-1).
Dove finished 2-for-4 and walked twice, while A.J. Murray was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Dylan Dore was 1-for-2 and his two-run single in the fourth inning increased the Jackets’ margin to 6-0. Murray brought home Daniel Palka, who doubled in the fifth inning, and Evans’ three-run homer to left capped the scoring in the sixth.
Gonzalez stretched his hitting streak to an ACC-leading 16-games, while hitting streaks were also extended for Thomas (13 games), Wren (10) and Dove (7).