The Georgia State baseball team fell to No. 5 Florida State 12-2 on Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium in the three-game series finale.
Georgia State, facing its fifth straight ranked opponent dating back to last season, fell to 0-3 on the season. Florida State improved to 3-0, a season after advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals.
"When you play a team as good as Florida State, especially one that is as good as they are this year, you are going to face tremendous challenges, as we did all weekend," commented head coach Greg Frady. "This is one of the best Florida State teams I have seen in many, many years."
"Our team gave a great effort all weekend and I have to commend them for that. I knew that by playing this caliber of baseball would help us identify some weakness and things we need to work on. I think I now know how to help some guys individually get better. We made gains out of this series, even though the results that we would have liked to have had were not there."
Stuart Tapley put the Seminoles ahead 1-0 with a second pitch home run off of Ryan Moore to start the second inning.
Tapley struck again for Florida State in the bottom of the third, hitting a sacrifice fly to the right field wall, putting Florida State ahead 2-0. The Seminoles struck for two more runs before Moore was able to get out of the inning.
The Seminoles scored again in the bottom of the fourth when Justin Gonzalez hit a two-run home run over the left field wall, giving Florida State a 6-0 lead.
Rafael Lopez followed in the bottom half of the inning with a double down the left field line, scoring two runs and chasing Moore from the game.
Moore (0-1) went 4.2 innings, allowing nine runs and nine hits, walking three and striking out one.
Florida State cleared the bases when Rafael Lopez hit his second triple of the game, extending the Seminoles lead to 11-2 before reliever Will Campbell was able to get out of the inning.
Campbell went 1.1 innings, giving way to junior Theo Asher who pitched the final two innings, holding Florida State to just one hit.
Sherman Johnson finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with one run scored and two RBIs for the Seminoles. Ramsey and Lopez each had a pair of hits as well.
John Gast (1-0) went 6.0 innings, allowing just four hits and two runs, along with five strikeouts for Florida State in the win.
Georgia State returns to the diamond on Tuesday to take on USC-Upstate at 4 p.m. in the home opener. Before the game, the Panthers will unveil their 2009 CAA Championship and 2009 NCAA Regional banners on the outfield wall.
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