Florida State clinched a spot in the ACC Championship Game Sunday with a 5-0 win over No. 1 seed Louisville. The Seminoles finish pool play with an unbeaten 3-0 record and will look to claim their sixth ACC championship and first since 2010.
Starter Drew Carlton was masterful going 7 innings while giving up no runs on 5 hits and 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. Carlton has now thrown 10 straight scoreless innings against Louisville.
Neither team was able to break through early, though both teams had their chances. Brendan McKay and Carlton were both cruising through the fifth inning.
It wasn’t till the sixth inning that Florida State was able to break the scoreless tie. Florida State put the first two runners of the inning on and then attempted a double steal when Quincy Neiporte chopped one to second base. Sutton Whiting tried to tag out Stewart before he caught the ball and it rolled into right. Sansone scored on the play.
Louisville would change pitchers, but Harrington issued a walk to Marconcini and then hit Dylan Busby to plate another run. Ben DeLuzio would hit a ball off Harrington for an infield single to make it 3-0 Seminoles at the end of six.
Florida State would come back for more in the seventh with a 2-RBI single by Chris Marconcini after the Seminoles again executed a double steal to make it 5-0 Florida State.
DeLuzio would come through once again in the eighth with a solo home run over the blue monster in left to make it 6-0 Seminoles.
Billy Strode would come in and close out the Cardinals with a scoreless ninth. It looked like the Cardinals would have one more chance after Smith beat out a potential double play. The umpire at second ruled that Summer had interfered with Sansone’s ability to throw and he was called out to end the game.
This marks the 38th season in a row that Florida State has won 40 games under head coach Mike Martin.
The Seminoles will play NC State in the Championship game at 1 PM on Sunday. Senior Bryant Holtmann will get the start.