TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 18 Florida State (15-4, 3-1) dropped its first ACC game of the season Friday night falling to Wake Forest (13-6, 3-1) 4-1 on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The loss snapped the Seminoles’ 11-game win streak while it marked their first loss at home in 15 games this year.
Just 10 minutes before the start of Friday night’s game, FSU’s Mike Compton was scratched from his scheduled start due to an abdominal strain that he suffered during warm-up tosses in the bullpen.
“I was very proud of the way we fought in a very unusual situation when you’re 10 minutes from the first pitch and you get a call from the bullpen saying I got bad news,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “Unfortunately Michael has a pulled abdominal muscle. He didn’t do anything different then he’s been doing the entire time he’s been here, it just happened.”
Ed Voyles was called upon to make the emergency start, the first of his career. The redshirt freshman went 1.2 innings allowing an unearned run on three hits as he struck out two and did not issue a walk in suffering the loss.
“I found out like 10 minutes before the game; 5:50 (pm) I was standing in the dugout and Eleven yells over ‘you’re in, you’re starting,’” said Ed Voyles. “I was just thinking about going out there; gotta get loose, gotta get ready. I was definitely feeling butterflies in my stomach for sure, but I felt pretty comfortable, it wasn’t too bad.”
“They showed a lot of poise; they were in control of their emotions,” added Martin on the performance of his young pitchers on Friday night.
Florida State and Wake Forest return to the diamond for game two of the series on Saturday, March 14 at 6 pm.
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