A pair of Georgia Tech home runs led to a big early deficit that proved too large for top-ranked Florida State to overcome in Wednesday's opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.
FSU starter Scott Sitz last 4 2/3 innings and surrendered a two-run homer in the first inning.
The Yellow Jackets touched up Scott Sitz early and then made quick work of reliever Brian Busch, and the Seminoles' offense was held mostly in check by Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer in a 5-4 defeat.
Florida State drops to 0-1 in the round-robin tournament and has conceded a potential head-to-head tiebreaker to the Yellow Jackets. FSU will be off Thursday before resuming action against Clemson on Friday at 3 p.m.
Georgia Tech, the last team in to the tournament field, picked up a much-needed win as it attempts to ensure its place in next week's NCAA tournament.
FSU, though, battled back in the bottom of the fifth. After the bottom of the order loaded the bases with no outs, Sherman Johnson lined a ground ball that required a tough play from first baseman Jake Davies. Johnson was out at first, but Justin Gonzalez scored from third.
A Devon Travis single and a James Ramsey sacrifice fly plated two more runs, but the threat ended with Jayce Boyd's strikeout.
The Seminoles had another golden opportunity in the bottom of the seventh after Georgia Tech opted to load the bases with two outs by intentionally walking Jayce Boyd. But Stephen McGee hit a ground ball to second, erasing Boyd and ending the inning.
Ramsey, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, hit a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, but FSU couldn't come up with the tying run.