TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Starting pitcher Buck Farmer was dominant on the mound and the nation’s leading offense led 11th-ranked Georgia Tech past No. 5 Florida State 10-0 in the opener of a three-game series. Zane Evans went 3-for-4 and homered in the win.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 18-3 overall, 6-1 in the ACC, while the Seminoles slipped to 20-2, 5-2. It marked Tech’s third shutout win of the season and the first against FSU since April 22, 2000.
Farmer (5-0) allowed just two hits in seven innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts for his 29th career win and consecutive versus the Seminoles. He improved to 2-1 in his career in four starts versus FSU with a 2.33 ERA and 28 strikeouts and 17 hits allowed in 27 innings.
Georgia Tech pounded out 13 hits against the nation’s fifth-best pitching staff and reached the double-digit mark in runs for the 14th time this season (14-0). Evans doubled and scored in the second inning, singled in the fifth and his three-run home run to left in the sixth inning made it a 10-0 game.
Evans extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his 10 homers and 35 RBIs continue to lead the ACC.
The Jackets jumped on the Noles with four runs and five hits in the second inning. Evans got things started with a double and later scored when Matt Gonzalez ripped an RBI single to center. Kyle Wren laced a two-run single through the left side followed by a Sam Dove single for a 4-0 advantage.
Josh Heddinger threw two scoreless innings to close the book on FSU.
FSU lefty Brandon Leibrandt was touched up for four runs on six hits in 1.1 innings to absorb his first loss of the season (4-1).
Dove finished 2-for-4 and walked twice, while A.J. Murray was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Dylan Dore was 1-for-2 and his two-run single in the fourth inning increased the Jackets’ margin to 6-0. Murray brought home Daniel Palka, who doubled in the fifth inning, and Evans’ three-run homer to left capped the scoring in the sixth.
Gonzalez stretched his hitting streak to an ACC-leading 16 games, while hitting streaks were also extended for Thomas (13 games), Wren (10) and Dove (7).