Noles Beat Army

Host Florida State could have – and probably should have – been on the losing end of a startling upset Friday night opposite determined Army.

But thanks to some unexpected generosity from the Black Knights, FSU was able to breathe a sigh of relief and advance in regional play with a 3-2 victory.

The Seminoles (51-18) will face Auburn – a 13-5 winner over South Alabama – Saturday night at 7 p.m.

FSU was able to score runs in two separate innings without the benefit of hit, including Aaron Cheesman's go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh. Cheesman crossed home with the clincher after Army catcher Schuyler Willamson fired an errant pickoff attempt into left field.

One of five walks issued by loser Nick Hill (10-2) put Cheesman on before a Danny Wardell sacrifice advanced him to second. The FSU catcher made it to third when Hill misfired on a pickoff attempt of his own.
Obviously, we were very fortunate to win that one," FSU coach Mike Martin said.

Those late-inning defensive misfortunes spoiled an otherwise brilliant outing from Hill, who lost for just the fifth time in his career. The sophomore surrendered just two hits, and Brant Peacher's second-inning RBI single was the only to leave the infield.

"Lets just say we made the most of those two hits," Martin said. "Our young men did an excellent job of getting runs in when they presented themselves."

Kevin Lynch (11-0) tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Michael Hyde to pick up the victory.

Closer Tyler Chambliss got Milan Dinga to ground out with a man on and two outs in the ninth to pick up his 15th save of the season. Willamson – a Pensacola native - was on deck.

"A few bounces here and there and we come out [winning] this one," Army coach Joe Sottolano said. "They capitalized on every mistake we made. Needless to say, we're lookng forward to getting on the field again."

Sottolano's Knights will get another chance to pick up their first-ever NCAA Tournament win Saturday at 1 p.m. against South Alabama.

"To win a game with two hits – it's just unheard of," Lynch said. "Both teams played their guts out."

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