UVA wins in Extras
Virginia took the first game of the series with a 5-3 win in 10 innings over Florida State on Friday night. The Seminoles were not sharp early with two errors in the first three innings. Luke Weaver pitched extremely well giving up three runs in 7 innings pitched. D.J. Stewart left the game in the 5th inning after his ankle injury flared up. The Seminoles were able to score three runs in the 5th to take a 3-1 lead. Virginia clawed their way back with a run in the 6th inning and tied the game on a solo homerun by Mike Papi in the 8th. Florida State had its chances as the Seminoles loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th inning with only one out, but Virginia was able to get out of the inning with a strike out and a groundout. Virginia plated two runs in to top of the 10th off of Gage Smith and Jameis Winston to take a 5-3 lead. The Seminoles weren't able to pull off another miracle and Virginia took game one.
Noles blank Virginia 7-0
In what was a dominating performance by Mike Compton, Florida State shut out Virginia on their way to a 7-0 victory and tied the series. This was the first time the Cavaliers had been shut out in 156 straight games which was leading the nation. Florida State was able to break the game open in the 4th and 5th innings when the Florida State offense came alive. The Seminoles plated two runs in the 4th on a two RBI single from John Sansone. Florida State extended the lead with four more runs in the 5th on RBIs from Stewart and Sansone as well as a two RBI double from Brizuela. The Seminoles added one more in the 7th to make it 7-0 on John Sansone's sacrifice fly, his fourth RBI of the game. Mike Compton threw 6.1 innings while giving up no runs on seven hits. Billy Strode came in for the last 2.2 innings and gave up two hits and no runs while also striking out three.
Florida State falls 4-3 in rubber match
Starting pitcher Bryant Holtmann was rolling along for the first two innings, but was not able to keep it going into the 3rd. Kenny Towns started the inning off with a solo homerun and then Mike Papi followed it up with two RBI double which put UVA up 3-0. Florida State was able to bounce back thanks to 2-run homerun from John Sansone in the bottom of the third to bring the score back to 3-2. Holtmann was removed from the game after appearing to injure his elbow/ forearm in the 4th inning. Peter Miller came in and pitched extremely well. UVA added an insurance run in the seventh as Billy Strode came in to pitch to make it 4-2. Florida State had the bases loaded and two outs in the 8th, but were only able to score one run on John Nogowski's walk. Jose Brizuela struck out to end the inning. Florida State was unable to do anything in the 9th as the Virginia closer struck out all three batters he faced. The Seminoles fall to 33-11 and 17-7 in ACC play.
What it means:
Losing this series means that Florida State has very little shot at the No. 1 overall seed, but it is still in good shape to get a top 8 national seed. The Seminoles will need to take care of business the rest of the way to keep it, but being in the top 2 in RPI and leading the ACC Atlantic the Seminoles are on their way to hosting a regional and super regional. As for the ACC it means that Florida State will most likely get the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament as they are still five games up on the second best team, Clemson, in the ACC Atlantic division.
Florida State will not have any weekday games this week due to finals, but will host Minnesota next weekend. The Seminoles will then play a midweek game at Stetson before heading up to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Florida State hopes to have starting pitcher Brandon Liebrandt back within the next two weekends. If he is unable to go look for Peter Miller, Billy Strode, or Taylor Blatch to start on Sunday.