SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 8 Florida State (26-10, 11-5) dropped the opening game of a three-game series to Notre Dame (22-10, 7-9) on Friday falling to the Fighting Irish 5-2 on a blistery cold and windy evening inside Frank Eck Stadium.
“There are never any excuses but I don’t know when I have played in conditions like this since I’ve been at Florida State,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “With the weather being as cold as it was and the wind gusting as much as 30 mph, fly balls were going out to right field like I have never seen. But such is life, you move on to tomorrow.”
Dylan Busby accounted for all of FSU’s runs on Friday night connecting on a two-run home run to right in the top of the second for his sixth round tripper of the season.
Boomer Biegalski (2-3) suffered the loss as the sophomore right hander allowed three runs on five hits as he struck out six and walked a career-high five batters.
“I hate to see a great outing by Boomer go by the boards,” added Martin. “He pitched very well but we also faced a guy that was the ACC Pitcher of the Week and he lived up to his reputation. He challenged us and did a good job.”
Notre Dame starter and reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week Ryan Smoyer (5-0) went 7.0 strong innings to pick-up his fifth win of the season. Smoyer scattered five hits and walked just one Seminole hitter over seven innings, while finishing the evening with a career-high six strikeouts.
Florida State and Notre Dame return to action for game two of the series on Saturday, April 11 at 2:05 pm with the game airing live on ESPN3.
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