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|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Marc LaMacchia no-hit the VMI Keydets during his six innings of work to pick up his first win of the season in FSU's 5-1 victory on Saturday afternoon in front of 1337 fan in St Petersburg, FL. LaMacchia went 6.0 innings without giving up a hit while walking two batters and striking out eight. Hunter Jones, Eddie Cannon, and Daniel Hodges all saw work as well with Virginia Military Institute's only hits coming off of Cannon in the ninth inning.
LaMacchia and Keydet starter Phil Hendrix had a shutout, no-hitter pitcher's duel going until the bottom of the fifth inning when Blake Balkcom singled to right. In the next inning, the Keydets picked up an unearned run without getting a hit when Chris Brooks walked and Justin Briggs reached on a fielder's choice. After a strikeout, Kelly Sweppenheiser reach on an error by Eddie Martinez-Esteve that loaded the bases with one out. After another strikeout by LaMacchia, it looked as if the Seminoles might have been able to get out of the jam without any damage, but a throwing error on Tony Richie allowed Brooks to score VMI's only run of the ballgame.
The Seminoles stormed back in the bottom of the inning when Bryan Zech doubled and scored on a single by Tony McQuade. Martinez-Esteve then reached on a error that also moved McQuade to second. Jerrod Brown then singled in McQuade, and Martinez-Esteve eventually scored on a bases loaded walk to Derrick Smith that gave the Noles a 3-1 lead.
Florida State added to their run total in the next inning when Zech got things started again with a single to left-center and then stole second. McQuade then drew a walk and a double steal moved both runners up before Martinez-Esteve grounded out to plate Zech. McQuade then stole third and finally home that put FSU up 5-1.
Florida State improved to 2-0 on the season while the Keydets fell to 0-2. The Noles will go for the sweep on Sunday at 1:30 with Trent Peterson on the mound.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Marc LaMacchia (6.0 ip, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2BB, 8 K)