It took all nine innings, but Florida State took the series against Virginia Tech with a 6-5 walk off win. It was the first walk-off win of the season for the Seminoles who improved to 22-7 on the season and 9-3 in the ACC.
Head coach Mike Martin talked about how important a win this was for his team.
“This was a huge win for us,” Martin said. “Every conference win for us is big, and to win one like we did is truly a lift for us.”
Virginia Tech got on the board first with a solo homerun to right by Perez in the top of the first. The Hokies would add two unearned runs in the third after Taylor Walls started the inning with a throwing error. Sean Kelsica would single to right with the bases loaded to push the score to 3-0.
Florida State would get on the board in the fourth with a Dylan Busby sacrifice fly, but the Hokies responded with two runs in the fifth with a sacrifice fly and an RBI double. Alec Byrd came in to pitch for starter Cobi Johnson who got a strikeout to end the inning with Virginia Tech up 5-1. Cobi went 4.2 innings giving up five runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
The Seminoles would get back into the game with three runs in the seventh. D.J. Stewart got the scoring started with an RBI single up the middle. Quincy Neiporte immediately followed it up with a RBI single through the right side. Florida State would load the bases and Hayden Kelly would pick up an RBI as he walked with the bases loaded. Darren Miller struck out to end the inning, but Florida State had pulled the game to 5-4.
Alec Byrd would hit the first batter of the ninth, and closer Billy Strode would replace him. Byrd went 3.1 innings while allowing just two hits and no runs with five strikeouts.
Head coach Mike Martin was pleased with the way he bounced back from a couple poor outings previously.
“We’re not going to get where we want to get to unless Alec Byrd pitches very well,” Martin said. “He pitched very well. It was a big lift for us. Byrd gave us a big opportunity by holding them down and giving us a chance to get back in it.”
The Seminoles loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth down one run and Josh Delph came through with an infield single to second. The second baseman fielded the ball, but threw it a little too high to the first baseman. The ball hit the top of his glove and rolled into foul territory, which allowed the second run to score. Closer Billy Strode picked up the win and improved to 1-0 on the season.
Florida State will travel to Jacksonville to take on rival Florida on Tuesday. Left hander Bryant Holtmann will get the start.