TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State started their defense of the ACC championship on the right foot, defeating the Virginia Cavaliers 3-2 in 11 innings.
FSU (40-17, 16-13), scored first on a Cal Raleigh double in the first inning, followed by another double in the third inning. The Cavaliers (28-25, 12-18), with a run already scored in the top half of the third, tied the game in the fourth inning off a Justin Novak single to score Cayman Richardson .
It remained tied at 2 runs, but Virginia came close to breaking the game open in the eighth inning. With one out, the Cavaliers loaded the bases, with their clean-up hitter coming to the plate. FSU manager Mike Martin called on relief pitcher Clayton Kwiatkowski to get them out of the jam. The sophomore proceeded to strike out the next two batters to escape the inning.
Kwiatkowski pitched the final 3.2 innings of the game without giving up a hit.
The big break for the Seminoles came in the 11th inning. With Drew Mendoza on first base, Reese Albert hit a double to score Mendoza to defeat Virginia 3-2. This is the second walk-off hit for the freshman this week. On May 18, he also hit the game-winning home run in the 10th inning against North Carolina State.
With the win, FSU has now won 40 or more games in 41 consecutive seasons. That’s the longest such streak in the nation, with Louisville at No. 2 with 7 consecutive seasons.
FSU’s next game will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. against NC State. The winner of that game will advance to the ACC semifinals.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State scored the final six runs against Notre Dame (32-21) to take a 6-1 win on Friday to advance to Saturday’s ACC Championship Game.
For Florida State (46-10), it will be the sixth consecutive year that the team has played in the ACC title game. They will play the winner out of No. 2-seed Pitt and No. 3-seed North Carolina. That game will be on Saturday at noon.
Sydney Sherrill was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Seminoles. She also connected on her FSU-record 25th double of the season, which moves her into a tie for 17th in NCAA single-season history.
“Quality day today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We had some chances early but just didn’t get the swing off the in the first couple of innings. We worked at-bats and situations later in the game and Meghan and Kylee had really good days in the circle. Now we get to wait and see who comes out of the Pitt and UNC game to have a real Atlantic versus Coastal ACC Championship Game tomorrow.”
The Championship Game between FSU and whoever wins the other matchup will be broadcast live on ESPN.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State’sCorion Knight secured a second-place finish in Thursday’s ACC Outdoor Championships men’s high jump. The Noles’ 11 points placed the team in fourth place behind Syracuse (23 points), Louisville (19) and Notre Dame (12.5). There are 15 total teams competing at Miami’s Cobb Stadium.
Knight set a lifetime-best with his jump of 2.21 meters (7-3) and Brandon Tirado finished in sixth-place in the hammer to help the Noles get in position for one of the top three spots.
“I just want to do my part,” Knight said. “We have a great team. We’re in a good position to win another ACC Championship and I just want to do my part.”
Eleonora Omoregie grabbed a share of third place in the high jump, clearing 1.69 meters (5-6.5) for FSU’s women. Teammates Hannah Welsh and Kayla Maczuga shared sixth place at 1.64 meters (5-4.5). The Seminole women are in eighth place with 7.5 points.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida A&M University’s softball team will move on to the next round of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Championship. A seventh inning lead-off solo home run by freshman third baseman Hera Varmah secured a 2-1 victory for the Rattlers over Morgan State University in the second round of the tournament on Thursday at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.
The Rattlers (22-27) will face the Bethune Cookman Wildcats on Friday at noon to determine who will advance to Saturday’s final. The Wildcats punched their ticket to this game with a 3-2 win over Savannah State.
Varmah’s homer, her fourth of the season, came in the midst of a competitive pitcher’s duel. FAMU’s Kyaira Brown (15-11) gave up the only two hits against the Bears (28-16), winners of the conferences’ North Division. Brown also struck out a season-high 11 batters. Morgan State’s pitching duo of Stephanie Rundlett and Amy Begg held FAMU to only two hits. In addition to Varmah’s home run, Taylor Rosier secured the other hit for the Rattlers.
Morgan State, now in the elimination bracket, faced North Division foe Hampton in one of the two elimination games on Thursday evening. Savannah State faced South Division rival North Carolina Central in the evening’s other elimination game.