Tallahassee, Fla. - The Georgia State baseball team fell to top-ten ranked Florida State 14-7 on Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Junior transfer Mark Micowski led the Panthers at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Georgia State, facing its fourth straight ranked opponent dating back to last season, fell to 0-2 on the season. Florida State improved to 2-0 after advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2009.
Several aggressive mistakes in the field proved too costly for Georgia State to overcome. Four errors on Saturday gave Florida State one too many opportunities to score runs and it proved to be the difference.
"I think there are many things we can take as positives from today," commented head coach Greg Frady. "We are always disappointed to lose a game, but today was a tremendous growth for the team. We did a lot of good things today and were very competitive. Our pitchers are just working through a lot of nerves and energy of playing in our uniforms and at the division I level for the first time. The mistakes we made today were when we were being aggressive and as a coach, we will never be disappointed when those are the type of mistakes that are made."
For the second day in a row, the Panthers got on the board first as Micowski, leading off, doubled to right center and scored when junior Rob Lind singled thru the left side.
However, the lead was short-lived, as Florida State scored three in the bottom of the first, loading the bases with no outs.
Junior Aidan Francis allowed a three-run home run to Stephen Cardullo in the bottom of the second inning, before finally settling down in the third.
Georgia State's bats came alive in the top of the fourth, batting around and scoring five times to tie the game.
Junior Jonathan Kolowich doubled to left-center, scoring junior Bradley Logan, who had led off the inning with a double. Carter Sackett walked to load the bases, chasing Seminole starting pitcher Geoff Parker from the game.
Parker lasted 3.0 innings, allowing five hits and five runs, walking one and striking out three.
The inning continued as sophomore Brandon Williams pitch-hit for Theo Asher, singling to right-center, scoring Kolowich and Ryan Fleming. Brett Maxwell continued the scoring with a single off the third-baseman's glove, scoring Carter Sackett. Rob Lind followed with a ground-out to first that scored Williams to tie the game at six.
Florida State chased Aidan Francis from the game in the bottom of the fourth, taking a 7-6 lead on James Ramsey's single to center, scoring Tyler Holt.
Francis (0-1) went 3.0 innings, allowing eight hits, eight runs with one walk and one strikeout.
Brian Busch (1-0) pitched 3.0 innings of relief to get the win. Busch allowed three hits and gave up just one run, striking out three.
Florida State's Mike McGee continue the inning with what appeared to be a routine single up the middle, however, the ball went under the glove of Micowski in center, clearing the bases and give the Seminoles a 10-6 lead.
Gazerro, who relieved Abeln, gave up a first-pitch two-run home run to Ohmed Danesh, extending Florida State's lead to 12-6.
State added one in the top of the eighth, before sophomore Justin Malone pitched a perfect bottom half of the inning, striking out two.
Jayce Boyd led the Seminoles, going 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored. Florida State finished the game with 15 hits.
The Panthers and Seminoles will return to the diamond on Sunday afternoon for the series finale at 1 p.m. Senior Ryan Moore will get the start for the Panthers.
Live stats of this tomorrow's game, as well as an internet-only broadcast can be found via GeorgiaStateSports.com.
Following this three-game series, Georgia State will return to Atlanta for the home opener on Tuesday against USC-Upstate beginning at 4 p.m. Before the game, the Panthers will unveil their 2009 CAA Championship and 2009 NCAA Regional banners on the outfield wall.
Tickets for the home opener can be purchased at the box office or by calling 1-866-GA-State.