Decisive Game

Third-seeded Florida State will play for its first Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship today against Georgia Tech. The Seminoles also are expected to earn a bid to host a regional next weekend.

Florida State's baseball Seminoles could celebrate twice today.

The third-seeded Seminoles will play for their first Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship today against top-seeded Georgia Tech in Salem, Va.

FSU won two games on Saturday, upending North Carolina 8-7 in an 11-inning elimination game and then rallying from a 6-1 deficit to stun the Yellow Jackets 8-7 in the nightcap.

Georgia Tech had swept FSU at home during the regular-season and upended the Seminoles in a winners' bracket game at the ACC Tourney on Friday.

FSU also is expected to be one of 16 host regional sites as selected by the NCAA Division I baseball committee today.

The Seminoles entered Saturday's action ranked 10th in the unofficial RIP kept by the Boyd Nation. That RIP is regarded as being a close match to the official RPI used by the committee.

FSU coach Mike Martin has repeatedly said he believes the ACC will receive three bids, with the Seminoles being one of them.

FSU put in a bid of $90,000 to host a regional.

What made the Seminoles' Saturday effort even more impressive was FSU beat UNC without five players -- including starters Bryan Zech, Eddie Martinez-Esteve and reliever Kevin Lynch -- due to suspension.

Martin said the players missed curfew. Martin and the players said they were playing video games. The five were eligible for the nightcap against the Yellow Jackets.

Martinez-Esteve smacked a two-run home run against Tech, while Lynch held the Yellow Jackets to a pair of hits -- including a ninth-inning home run by Steven Blackwood -- over the final three innings.

FSU snapped Tech's 20-game win streak with the win.


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