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FSU Suffers First Loss of Season, 1-Hit by Hokies

Larry Novey/FSU athletics

Virginia Tech starting pitcher Chris Gerard saw to it that Florida State head coach Mike Martin’s 2,000-victory celebration was put on hold. Gerard went seven strong innings as the Hokies 1-hit the Seminoles in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium in a 6-0 victory.

The lone hit of the day for the Seminoles (12-1) came off the bat of Drew Mendoza in the seventh inning to break up the no-hitter. Gerard struck out 10 batters and walked three in the victory. Jack Dellinger walked three, but worked two scoreless innings to close the game.

The Hokies (9-4) got off to a strong start with a Tanner Thomas RBI single in the first. Virginia Tech would add three runs in the third and two more in the sixth to cruise past FSU.

Luke Horanski homered for the second straight day, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for Virginia Tech. Carson Taylor was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Reagan Teegarden was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

After starting 3-0, C.J. Van Eyk took his first loss of the Seminoles, allowing four runs on four hits and six walks in five innings of work. Gerard improved to 1-0.

Martin will go for win No. 2,000 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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