Seminoles move on to ACC semis

Florida State's walk off win Thursday did more than keep the team alive in the ACC Tournament. It gave the sixth-seeded Seminoles the confidence it needed to exact revenge on No. 6 Virginia Friday. FSU shut out the Cavaliers (46-13) 11-0 in a game called after seven innings due to the mercy rule, eliminating the team they lost to in Wednesday's opening round.

The Seminoles (41-18) reached the semifinals in Jacksonville with the victory and play North Carolina State on Saturday.

"We said before the game we wanted to come out and show everybody here we are Florida State," FSU designated hitter Travis Anderson said. "Previously we hadn't been playing that well. We just came out with the mentality, ‘we are going to do this.'"

Friday's win marked the 15th consecutive year Florida State recorded at least two wins in the ACC Tournament.

Michael Hyde (8-1) threw all seven innings for his first career complete game shutout. The Tallahassee native scattered eight hits, issued four walks, and struck out four in FSU's second complete game this season.

The Seminoles pounded out 13 hits and used a seven-run third inning to pull away. Buster Posey and Ryne Malone led the 'Noles with 3 RBI apiece. Malone's three-run homer chased Virginia starter Mike Ballard (8-3) in the third. Anderson added a team-high three hits for FSU, including a two-run shot in the fifth.

"Well there is no doubt (hitting) is contagious," FSU Head Coach Mike Martin said. "Our guys got some pitches they could handle, but the key to this ballgame today was Michael Hyde. He got out of the first two innings when they left five runners on base. I think that was the turning point of the game. It gave us a big lift."

Despite falling behind, Virginia had chances to rally. The Cavaliers left 12 men on base and seven in scoring position. Twice they left the bases loaded, but Hyde got right fielder Brandon Marsh to fly out in the second inning and leadoff man Greg Miclat to line out in the sixth to end the threats.

"I know I had to come out and have a strong outing," Hyde said. "We got into a hole early in the tournament, and we definitely didn't hold our heads down. We had to come out and still battle. I knew I had to be the guy and we had to have the win. I had to give our offense a chance to get the job done and luckily they did it."

Ballard retired the first six Seminole batters before running into trouble in the third. Anderson doubled, beginning a string of six straight batters that reached base. Florida State had a 4-0 lead before making an out in the inning.

FSU will face N.C. State (37-19) at 10 A.M. Saturday. The Seminoles must defeat the Wolfpack twice in the double-elimination format to advance to Sunday's ACC Final. If Florida State wins, the second game would take place at 4 P.M. The 'Noles took two of three from N.C. State in the final series of the year.

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