The Hokies fell to 27-19 overall and 10-15 in the ACC with the loss, while Florida State improved to 32-12 overall and 17-7 in league play.
Tech starting pitcher Justin Wright had his first subpar outing in well over a month, allowing six runs on eight hits in just four innings pitched to fall to 5-2 on the year. Reliever Kyle Cichy was effective, though, tying a career high with five strikeouts over three scoreless innings.
For the Seminoles, Geoff Parker struck out nine Hokies over six innings to improve to 5-1, while Tyler Everett fanned five in relief to pick up a three-inning save.
The Hokies got on the board early when first baseman Austin Wates doubled in center fielder Steve Bumbry for the game’s first run, but Florida State took the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame when Tyler Holt scored on an RBI groundout by Mike McGee and Tommy Oravetz doubled home Jason Stidham.
A sacrifice fly by Stuart Tapley in the third plated McGee for the Seminoles’ third run of the game, but Tech got it back in the fourth when Michael Seaborn, who was on first, and Ronnie Shaban, who was on third, executed a successful double steal to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
Unfortunately for the Hokies, Florida State unleashed four round-trippers over its next two times at bat to take a 10-2 lead. Ruairi O’Connor and Stephen Cardullo each hit solo bombs in the bottom of the fourth, while the fifth saw Stidham add a solo shot before Ohmed Danesh delivered a three-run homer. Stidham capped the FSU scoring in the fifth innings by drawing an RBI walk that plated Rafael Lopez.
RBI singles by designated hitter Buddy Sosnoskie in the sixth and pinch hitter/second baseman Ty Hohman in the ninth helped set the final tally.
The three-game series is set conclude on Sunday with a first pitch of 1 p.m. It will be televised by Sun Sports, which is available on DirecTV channel 656 and Dish Network channel 447.
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