GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Senior Jake Davies hit a pair of two-run home runs and junior Buck Farmer fired six strong innings as Georgia Tech beat No. 1 ranked Florida State 5-4 in the ACC baseball championship opener at NewBridge Bank Park on Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 33-24 overall and 1-0 in Pool A with their fifth Top-25 win over the last month. The Seminoles had their four-game winning streak in the Tech series snapped, and slipped to 43-13 and 0-1 in Pool A. Tech and Virginia continue tournament play Friday at 11 a.m.
The first of two Davies' long balls -- an opposite field shot to left -- gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead in the first inning. He homered again -- this time to right -- to extend the lead to 5-0 in the fifth. Tech held on with sophomore Alex Cruz closing out his first career save in a key NCAA-resume-building postseason win.
"I would certainly hope it enhances our cause," Tech head coach Danny Hall said. "Let's put it that way."
The victory is Tech's first win over a No. 1-ranked team since April 10, 2011, an 8-6 victory at Russ Chandler Stadium over Virginia, and the first to open ACC Championship Pool Play since beating NC State, 10-9, in 2008 at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Fla. Tech had lost three-straight tournament openers since.
Georgia Tech joins N.C. State (2001) Wake Forest (1985) on the short list of ACC Championship No. 8-seeds that have knocked off the No. 1-seed.
Davies, who was a second-team All-ACC pick at first base, hit his career-best 10th and 11th home runs of the season, and extended his ACC-leading RBI total to 62. Of his 17 career homers, 11 have come with runners on base. Davies also homered twice in an April 29 game versus Clemson.
"After you just sit there and watch your team get the lead, it makes you feel pretty comfortable," said Farmer, the first-team All-ACC pick, who improved to 1-1 with a career 3.15 ERA versus the Seminoles. "You can throw strikes and know you have your offense behind you."Auburn 3, Georgia 2HOOVER, Ala. -- Justin Bryant hit a solo home run and threw 1 scoreless innings of late relief to help Auburn beat Georgia 3-2 Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Georgia trailed 3-0 in the eighth before scoring twice on RBI singles by Nelson Ward and Wesleyan grad Conor Welton.
Bryant, Auburn's designated hitter, came in to pitch and struck out Joey Delmonico to end the eighth. Then in the ninth he got Colby May to line out to end the game with the bases loaded.
The Tigers (31-27) play South Carolina or Vanderbilt in today's third round. The loss knocked Georgia (31-26) out of the double-elimination tournament.
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by GAC grad Patrick Savage that scored Jay Gonzalez.
Gonzalez scored again in the third on a groundout by Creede Simpson, followed by Bryant's fourth homer of the season.