FSU wins game one over Wolfpack

Florida State has breathing room for a few more hours. The sixth-seeded Seminoles defeated the seventh-seed North Carolina State 7-3 to force a decisive second game between the same teams later today at 4 P.M. The winner moves on to the ACC Tournament Championship Sunday.

Brent Marsh (3-1) pitched a career high 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Mark Sauls, giving up four hits to earn the win. The sidearm hurler entered in the fourth and retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced. Marsh allowed four singles and one walk and induced two double plays to end the seventh and eighth. The Tallahassee native let just one runner get past first base.

Buster Posey and Travis Anderson continued their power surge and paced the Seminoles (42-18) offensively. Posey, a freshman and the team's third leading hitter, went 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base. He finished a home run short of the cycle. Anderson homered for the second consecutive game and had three hits and three runs scored, falling a triple short of the cycle. Both have combined to go 13-for-22, with eight RBI and nine runs in the tournament.

Florida State scored in each of the first six innings and improved to 10-3 all-time in the ACC Tournament against the Wolfpack (37-20), despite facing the same starter who beat them one week ago. The 'Noles touched N.C. State's Ryan Pond (2-1) for 10 hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. In last week's victory over the Seminoles, Pond surrendered three runs in five innings.

It has been a quick turnaround for FSU, who after Wednesday's opening game tournament loss to Virginia had dropped 14 of its previous 21 games. The Seminoles have now won three straight games for the first time since April 2-12, when they had a 5-game win streak snapped. In the three tournament wins, Florida State has outscored its competition 25-9.

The Seminoles and Wolfpack will conclude the season series when they meet for the fifth time in 10 days today at 4 P.M. in an elimination game. FSU has now won three of the four games against N.C. State this season and looks to reach the ACC Championship game for the first time since 2004, when they won the title.

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