Baseball: Noles and Gators roll while Canes fall
It took extra innings, but No. 2 Florida State capped off a convincing series sweep of No. 7 NC State on Saturday.
The Seminoles (17-2, 5-1 ACC) defeated the Wolf Pack (14-5, 3-3 ACC) in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, including a dramatic 13-inning 9-8 win in the second contest.
FSU rolled in the first game of their double header on Saturday, beating NC State 8-2. LHP Brandon Leibrandt started for FSU and went 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Three Gator pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and freshman Peter Alonso’s (Tampa, Fla.) first-inning homer was the difference as Florida (13-6/2-0 SEC) secured its weekend series with a 1-0 win over Arkansas (8-7/0-2 SEC) on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium.
Florida has now won seven-straight games, its longest winning streak since they took eight in a row from April 7-20, 2013.
Friday’s victory for FSU was highlighted by a dominant pitching performance by starter Luke Weaver, who went head-to-head with NC State’s a Carlos Rodon, who is expected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming MLB Draft. Weaver gave up one run and seven hits in 6.1 innings to move to 4-1.
No. 13 Miami dropped game three of its series with Georgia Tech in heartbreaking fashion Saturday, as the Yellow Jackets walked off with a series victory by way of a 3-2 extra-innings win at Russ Chandler Stadium. Miami dropped the first game of its Saturday doubleheader 13-7 to host Georgia Tech. So the the Canes dropped two out of three of their series in Atlanta.