March 28, 2015
ACC series in Tallahassee tied after Saturday contest
Hokies fall to Seminoles 19-9 in game two
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  • Dick Howser Stadium - 6,348

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A game tied at three after six frames quickly turned into an offensive onslaught as both teams combined for 22 runs over the final two and a half innings with No. 7 Florida State claiming a 19-9 win over the Virginia Tech baseball team on Saturday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.

With the win, the Seminoles (21-7, 8-3 ACC) evened the ACC series with the Hokies at one game apiece with the rubber match slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday. Tech dropped its record to 15-13, 6-5 in the league.

Trailing 1-0 after the first, the Hokies took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Erik Payne knocked in Alex Perez to tie the game and then Brendon Hayden scored on an error. An inning later, Rahiem Cooper hit a two-out, RBI single that plated Andrew Mogg and Tech led 3-1.

Florida State tied the game in the sixth on a two-RBI single by Josh Delph, but the Hokies answered in the top of the seventh as Saige Jenco knocked home Miguel Ceballos with a go-ahead run.

The Seminoles responded in the home half of the seventh with five runs to take an 8-4 lead and after that, the 20th largest crowd ever to see a Florida State home game – 6,348 fans – may have thought the game was over.

Tech, though, battled back in the top of the eight, scoring three runs with Mogg and Max Ponzurick pushing runs across. The Hokies had the bases loaded with one out before Billy Strode ended the frame with back-to-back strikeouts.

Florida State then scored 11 runs in the bottom of the eighth, this time all but ending the game, but Tech still scraped two more runs across in the ninth.

Hayden had three hits and scored three times, while Perez also scored three runs. Payne was the only Hokie with two RBI, while Mogg also had a multi-hit game.

Aaron McGarity suffered the loss after throwing six frames and allowing five runs, but just three were earned. Dylan Silva won the game for Florida State after throwing just two-thirds of an inning, benefiting from the FSU offensive outburst in the seventh. Drew Carlton, the Seminole starter went 6.1 innings and struck out nine batters, both career highs

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