2009 ACC Baseball Championship: Georgia Tech Stings Florida State, 9-2
May 23, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. (the ACC.com) -- Georgia Tech avoided a sweep in the 2009 ACC Baseball Championships with a 9-2 victory over Florida State Saturday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Despite the loss, the Seminoles (42-15) will advance to Sunday's championship game at 1 p.m. The Yellow Jackets (35-17-1) finish the round-robin round play with a 1-2 record.
Georgia Tech took an early lead when first baseman Tony Plagman scored in the second inning, coming home from third as the Seminoles turned a double play.
The Jackets took command of the game in the third when right fielder Luke Murton blasted a three-run home run over the Blue Monster in left. Plagman added another homer in the sixth, smashing his into the right field bleachers.
Murton's blast was his 18th of the season. Plagman's was his 16th. The Yellow Jackets have now 104 home runs on the season, the third highest total in school history and the most for a Georgia Tech team in the 16-year tenure of Coach Danny Hall.
The Yellow Jackets pounded out 10 hits -- five of them for extra bases -- against FSU starter Hunter Scantling (L, 3-1) and three Seminole relievers.
Florida State managed just one run in five and a third innings off Georgia Tech starter Brandon Cumpton (W, 4-2). That came in the fourth inning when second baseman Jason Stidham doubled and came home on a single by third baseman Stuart Tapley.
Stidham slammed his 10th home run of the season to lead off the eighth inning for FSU, but that was the only run the Seminoles managed against five Georgia Tech relievers in the final three and two third innings.