Seminoles Take Another Step Forward in ACC Baseball Championship Pool Play

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FSU moves to 2-0 in Pool A play with win over Georgia Tech

DURHAM, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State took another giant step toward successful defense of its Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship on title Thursday, turning back Georgia Tech, 6-1, in the second game of the day at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Freshman starting pitcher Cole Sands delivered a strong five innings on the mound for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (36-19), and John Sansone and Dylan Busby both backed his effort with two-run homers.

Florida State, now 2-0 in the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship, has Friday off before returning to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. against top-seeded Miami (44-10). The winner of that contest will clinch Pool A of the round-robin tournament and will advance to Sunday’s noon championship game opposite the Pool B winner.

Georgia Tech (36-22) plays its final game of this year’s Championship on Friday night at 7 p.m., when if faces fifth-seeded NC State (34-19).

Sands (5-6), who entered the game with a 4.63 ERA, allowed just three hits and one run in his five inning stint. The right-hander walked only one batter while striking out two.

Sansone’s two-run homer – his ninth of the season – came in the third inning and gave the Seminoles a 4-1 lead. Busby’s home run came in the sixth inning and pushed FSU’s lead to 6-1. It was also his ninth round-tripper of the year.

Jackson Lueck finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Seminoles’ 10-hit attack. Sansone was 2-for-5.

Relievers Jim Voyles and Chase Haney finished up on the mound for FSU. Voyles worked three scoreless innings while allowing three hits. Haney pitched a perfect ninth.

No one had more than one hit for Georgia Tech, which finished with six hits as team. Kel Johnson’s first-inning sacrifice fly plated the Yellow Jackets’ lone run. Zac Ryan (3-3) started on the mound and took the loss, yielding six hits and four runs in 3.2 innings.