ACC Tournament Champions

FSU won its third Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship with Saturday's 4-1 victory over Clemson. FSU also has won 22 consecutive games -- not to mention nine straight over the Tigers -- to tie a school record. While FSU is obviously thrilled, the work continues in upcoming NCAA play. "The last two weekends have been two of the most outstanding weekends of my career, but it is a shame that they don't really mean what we would like for them to mean," coach Mike Martin said.

No. 1 seed Florida State (56-12) continued its two year dominance over No. 4 Clemson (47-13) and won its third ACC title Saturday night in St. Petersburg with a 4-1 win in the ACC Baseball Championship game.

Florida State has won nine straight over Clemson dating back to last season. The last time Clemson beat the Seminoles was in 2000 in the ACC Tournament in Charlotte.

Seminole starter Marc LaMacchia (10-1) earned the win with a strong outing, his longest of the season. The right hander went eight innings giving up only one run and seven hits. He struck out four and did not give up a walk.

Daniel Hodges came into pitch in the ninth for Florida State after LaMacchia gave up a lead off single to Khalil Greene. LaMacchia left the game to a standing ovation from Florida State fans among the 4,024 in attendance. Hodges shut the Tigers down to end the game and record his 11th save of the season.

Clemson starter Patrick Hogan (2-1) took the loss and went six innings allowing four runs, but only two were earned.

With two outs in the first inning, Ryan Barthelemy extended his hitting streak to 18 games when he singled to left field. After advancing to second base on a wild pitch, Barthelemy crossed home plate with the game's first run thanks to a double down the right field line by designated hitter Blair McCaleb.

In the third inning, shortstop Stephen Drew led off with his third home run of the ACC Tournament. The solo shot to right field gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead and helped Drew earn ACC Tournament MVP honors.

Florida State picked up two more runs in the fifth inning as McCaleb singled to bring home Tony McQuade and Drew.

In the top of the seventh, Clemson ended LaMacchia's shut out bid when Jeff Baker hit a solo home run to right field, his second of the tournament.

Game Notes: The win was Florida State's 22nd consecutive win...Florida State is 5-0 against Clemson in 2002...the Seminoles are 10-0 in two ACC Tournaments in St. Petersburg, Fla....Florida State's three ACC Tournament titles have come in 1995, 1997 and 2002...Clemson's Khalil Greene extended his hitting streak to 27 games.

Clemson head coach Jack Leggett:

"They did a good job pitching against us and I thought at times we hit the ball pretty well. I really thought Baker's ball was out of here that one time, I didn't think there was any question about that one. They hit a couple balls on the nose, they did a nice job turning double plays when they had to. (Blair) McCaleb had two big hits for them, that's all there is to it. I thought (Patrick) Hogan did a great job stepping up for us. He pitched real well. We played good defense. We just couldn't get enough big hits. We made a baserunning mistake in the first inning that cost us a run... it would have been nice to jump out to a lead. They're a good baseball team, they're playing very well right now, they're tough to beat. You make any kind of mistake and they take advantage of it."

"You've got to make plays. You can't make mistakes, and if you make any kind of mistake, a good team like Florida State is going to take advantage of it. We played a good ballgame tonight. We played tough. Our kids played tough after playing well against Wake Forest earlier today. I'm proud of them. We just have to regroup. There's a lot more baseball to be played and hopefully we'll see them (FSU) again."

(on FSU playing well) "Right now they are playing really well. The challenge is for them to maintain it through the regional and the super-regional and on into postseason beyond that if they have an opportunity. But right now they are probably as good as anybody in the country, I can't see anybody playing better than them."

Florida State head coach Mike Martin: "That was just a tremendous accomplishment. The last two weekends have been two of the most outstanding weekends of my career, but it is a shame that they don't really mean what we would like for them to mean. We have positioned ourselves for post-season play, and the rest is for us to get done.

(On pitcher Marc LaMacchia) "Very impressive performance. He threw the ball well to his location, and really showed a lot of poise. We are very, very proud of him. He has looked better each time he has been out there. He shut down a very good Clemson club. I'll tell you another thing, our defense sure played great behind him."

"We've played very well. I am very proud of these young men."

(On the two Saturday games) "I thought our pitching and defense won the Tournament for us. When you are playing in a ball park with the wind blowing like it is, you've got to get consistent pitching. We got outstanding pitching and outstanding defense. You've got to make pitches and you've got to make plays to win games like that."

(On the upcoming regionals) "I am ready to get back home and play in our ball park. These fans here were tremendous and outstanding, I felt like I was at home, but we are ready to get back to our yard."


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