TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Georgia Tech (18-3, 6-1 ACC) proved that they are the best hitting team in the NCAA as the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead on seven hits in the first two innings in game one of Friday’s doubleheader on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
Georgia Tech finished with 13 hits as they ran away to the 10-0 victory over Florida State (20-2, 5-2 ACC). It was the first time the Seminoles had been shut out by Georgia Tech since a 5-0 loss on April 22, 2000 in Tallahassee, Fla. The loss also marked the first defeat for the Garnet & Gold at home this year.
Seminole starter Brandon Leibrandt (4-1) surrendered six hits and four earned runs in 1.1 innings of work. It marked his shortest outing of the season, and second shortest of his career. The Jackets got on the board in the second from a leadoff double by Zane Evans and a trio of RBI singles from Matt Gonzalez, Kyle Wren and Sam Dove.
Bryant Holtmann calmed things down for the Seminoles, retiring four of the first five batters he faced, but the Jackets would not go away quietly plating two more in the top of the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Holtmann finished with a career-high 2.2 innings pitched and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out two.
Florida State’s bats were silenced by Georgia Tech’s Buck Farmer as he pitched around a pair of walks, a single by Ladson Montgomery and a double to Stephen McGee, his 10th of the season. Farmer improved to 5-0 on the season after throwing 7.0 shutout innings, allowing only two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.
Kenny Burkhead made his fourth appearance of the season, pitching a career-high 2.0 innings of relief. He allowed four runs on four hits and walked four. His 1-2 pitch to Zane Evans in the sixth was hit over the left field wall for Evans’ 10th home run of the season.
Dylan Silva worked the final three innings for the Seminoles, setting a new career-high, as he retired nine of the 12 batters he faced. Silva gave up zero hits and zero runs, while walking three and striking out two.
The Seminoles threatened to score in the eighth after John Sansone led off the inning with a pinch-hit walk and Marcus Davis connected on a one-out single. However, Georgia Tech reliever Josh Heddinger was able to strike out pinch-hitter Jameis Winston and get Ladson Montgomery to fly out to right to retire the side.
The last time Florida State had only three hits in a game was on April 4, 2012 in a 5-1 loss at home against Florida Gulf Coast.
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