Winston-Salem, NC - Fifth-ranked Florida State (30-9, 16-5) dropped the series finale to Wake Forest (25-17, 12-9), 5-2, on Easter Sunday inside Gene Hooks Field.
The Seminoles out hit the Demon Deacons 11-9 on Sunday but could not score a run outside the second inning as Florida State stranded 10 men on base. FSU was also the victim of three double plays on the afternoon to tie a season-high.
“It was just one of those games, when I looked up there at one point we had 10 hits, they had four, and it was a tie ballgame,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “It was just one of those ball games that we had some strange happenings during the game. They took advantage of those innings in which we didn’t play very well. But give the credit to Wake Forest, they deserved to win.”
Florida State starter Bryant Holtmann would not factor into the decision on Sunday as the junior southpaw gave up two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work. Holtmann finished his outing with two walks, while striking out a career-high seven batters.
Peter Miller (2-3), who came on in relief of Holtmann in the fifth, suffered the loss as he was charged with a run on two hits in 2.0 innings of work. Miller walked two and struck out four.
The Demon Deacons took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Grant Shambley. The junior left fielder broke the 2-2 tie sending a bloop single to right center off Miller scoring Ben Breazeale from second for what would eventually stand as the go-ahead base hit.
Wake Forest added two more runs in the eighth off Gage Smith for the winning margin.
“You have to give Wake Forest credit, they hung in there and did the little things it takes and they got it done,” added Martin. “Any time you can go on the road and win two out of three, you have to be happy. We of course are just not the type of club that’s going to be happy winning two out of three when we won the first two (games of the series).”
Florida State won the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday to clinch its sixth ACC series of the season. The Seminoles closed out the weekend with a 3.5 game lead on second place Clemson and a four-game lead on Wake Forest in the race for the Atlantic Division title.
John McCarren (1-0) threw one pitch in the top of the seventh inducing a groundball double play to earn his first victory of the season. Connor Kaden worked a scoreless eighth and ninth innings to register his first save on the year.
Danny De La Calle tied a career-high with his second three-hit game of the season in the loss. Josh Delph, John Nogowski and Casey Smit each registered two hits on Sunday.
Florida State grabbed the early lead plating two runs, both on two outs, in the top of the second. Justin Gonzalez opened the scoring lacing a double to left to plate Nogowski, who led off the inning with a single to left. De La Calle followed with an RBI single through the left side scoring Smit, who started the two-out rally in the inning with a single up the middle.
Wake Forest tied the game at two scoring twice off Holtmann in the bottom of the fourth. Shambley led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to third on a double to left by Matt Conway. Jack Carey brought home Shambley for the first Demon Deacon run of the game on a groundout to second. Conor Keniry followed with a two-out single to center scoring Conway to even the game at two apiece.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee for an eight-game home stand beginning with a two-game mid-week series against Stetson beginning Tuesday, April 22. Both games will be streamed live on the Seminoles.com All-Access player ($). Audio will also be available on the All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the games on 1270 AM.
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