DURHAM, N.C. – It was not the start No. 7 Florida State (44-13) was hoping to get off to on Wednesday afternoon as the Seminoles dropped the opening game of the 2013 ACC Baseball Championship to Georgia Tech (34-23) 4-3 inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Yellow Jackets hit back-to-back solo home runs with two outs in the top of the ninth off Robby Coles (4-2) to claim the come-from-behind victory over the Seminoles. Georgia Tech was down to its last out of the game after Coles recorded consecutive groundouts to start the ninth. Then A.J. Murray tied the game with a solo shot over the blue monster in left followed by a solo shot to almost the exact location by Mott Hyde to give the Yellow Jackets the lead for good.
“Obviously that was a tough one, but you’ve got to tip your hat to Georgia Tech,” said head coach Mike Martin. “That was a great job of perseverance and fight. You have to understand that it’s a 27-out ball game and you never know and they did an outstanding job of getting it done.”
The loss for FSU was its fifth straight in the ACC Tournament and fourth loss in a row in the opening game of the championship. The Seminoles fell to 0-1 in their pool, while Georgia Tech improved to 1-0.
Florida State returns to the diamond for its second game of the ACC Baseball Championship on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. against Virginia Tech. The Seminoles will start RHP Luke Weaver against the Hokies.