Stephen Drew Hits for the Cycle

Shortstop Stephen Drew had the hot bat for the Seminoles Thursday. FSU plays three at Wake Forest to wrap up the regular season before heading to the ACC Tournament next week. Tournament play begins next Thursday in Salem, Va.

Florida State shortstop Stephen Drew struck out in the first inning Thursday afternoon at Wake Forest.

That didn't stop him from hitting for the cycle as the Seminoles built a 9-0 lead on thier way to an 11-10 victory in the series opener.

Drew singled to right in the third and led off the fifth with a double to center. He led off the seventh with a solo blast to right.

A three-run rally in the eighth allowed Drew to complete the feat. His two-run triple capped the inning and gave FSU the cushion it needed to withstand the Demon Deacon comeback.

Wake's Brian LeFaivre hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth off Tyler Chambliss to make things interesting. But two batters later Chambliss got J.B. Tucker to fly out to the warning track to end the game.

Rhett James (8-2) picked up the win. James went 7.2 innings, striking out three and walking one.

"I've felt really good at the plate the last couple games," said Drew. "I'm just trying to take advantage of every at bat and get good pitches to hit. Hitting for the cycle is not something I was trying to accomplish, it just happened to work out that I hit a ball into the gap for the triple in may last at bat. The most important thing was getting the win. We know that each game from here through the ACC Tournament is important in terms of setting us up for the postseason."

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