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Another superb pitching performance combined with timely hitting helped propel the #2 Florida State Seminoles past #14 Wake Forest on Saturday night, 7-2. FSU broke the 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with five runs, including homeruns from both Tony McQuade and Matt Sauls.
Matt Lynch (7-2) found out that that the third time was the charm to get to seven wins, as he broke his two-game losing streak with six strong innings. Lynch gave up the only two runs of the game for the Demon Deacons in the first inning before settling down to limit Wake to three hits over the remainder of his outing. Hunter Jones saw two inning of work, and Matt DiBlasi closed out the game for the Noles.
Wake Forest took the lead in the top of the first inning when leftfielder Ryan Hubbard singled to right and Jamie D'Antona walked before a single to right center by designated hitter Brad Scioletti scored Hubbard. D'Antona also scored on the play when Sauls misplayed the ball in the outfield.
The Seminoles cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second inning when McQuade doubled to right-center, moved to second on a groundout by Balkcom, and scored on a single through the left side by Chris Hart.
Two innings later, FSU tied it up when Tony Richie led off with a single to center, moved to second when McQuade drew a walk, and to third on a fielder's choice before scoring on an error by the Wake Forest shortstop.
McQuade broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth when he led off with his fourth homerun of the season. Brown followed that up with a double over the centerfielder's head. Brown moved to third on a fly ball hit by Balkcom, and scored when Hart tripled for the second time in his FSU career. Derrick Smith then brought home Hart with a single to right that made it 5-2. A balk by the WFU pitcher moved Bryan Zech, who was pinch-running for Smith, to second, before Sauls homered for the third time this season to give FSU a 7-2 lead.
Florida State improved to 30-5 and 8-3 in the ACC while the Demon Deacons fell to 20-9 and 6-4 in conference play. Florida State goes for the sweep on Sunday at 12:30 with Daniel Davidson (4-0, 0.84) on the mound.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Tony McQuade (2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2B, HR, BB)