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Tibbs, Toral hit HRs as FSU picks up win

No. 20 Florida State outlasted Georgia Tech (20-12, 6-8) Saturday at Mac Nease Park, beating the Yellow Jackets 9-6 to even the weekend series.

James Tibbs and Alex Toral hit home runs for the Seminoles (18-12, 7-7 ACC), and Jonah Scolaro was perfect against five hitters to earn his third save of the season.

Tibbs hit a two-run home run that gave FSU the lead in the first inning, while Toral’s three-run blast gave FSU a 6-4 lead after Georgia Tech jumped in front in the fifth inning. Jaime Ferrer added a two-run single in the ninth inning that gave FSU a three-run lead.

Davis Hare (1-0) earned the win, allowing two runs in 2.2 innings in relief of Bryce Hubbart. Jonah Scolaro entered in the eighth inning with two runners on base and one out, but got out of that inning unscathed before working a perfect ninth.

Hubbart allowed four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work.

Florida State struck first on Tibbs’ two-run home run off Logan McGuire in the first inning. It was Tibbs’ sixth of the season and first away from Dick Howser Stadium.

Chandler Simpson led off the Georgia Tech half of the first with a triple to right-center field and scored on Andrew Jenkins’ sacrifice fly.

After Tyler Martin singled to score Reese Albert in the second, the Yellow Jackets tied the game on Kevin Parada’s two-run home run off Hubbart in the third inning.

Parada tripled in the fifth inning and scored on a Jenkins single for the lead. Hare entered in relief and got FSU out of the inning down just a run.

In the sixth, FSU notched four hits against Cody Carwile, including Toral’s three-run home run that swung the lead back to FSU at 6-4. Toral leads FSU with eight home runs – already topping his 2021 output – and has four RBI on the weekend.

Simpson and Parada reached on infield singles in the seventh inning, and both came around to score to tie the game at six. The pair combined to score Tech’s all six runs.

FSU took the lead for good on Colton Vincent’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against John Medich (2-2). Ferrer’s two-run single in the ninth provided the final margin.

Box score: FSU 9, GT 6

The FSU – GT box score can be viewed here.

Up next

The series finale between Georgia Tech and FSU is Sunday at 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra. Left-hander Ross Dunn will pitch for the Seminoles.