By Ariel Bedford
In front of a crowd of 4,891 people the Florida State Baseball Team closed out the regular season on a high note, taking the final game of a three-game series against NC State that secured a conference record 24 wins in ACC play this year…
FSU started off strong with two runs in the first inning, and thanks to Devon Travis’ RBI double that brought home Sherman Johnson Jr. commanded a 3-0 lead by the end of the 2nd inning. The double was Travis’ 20th of the year, and was matched only by the Wellington native’s stellar glove play. In the 8th inning the junior second baseman made a leaping grab on a line-out by NC State’s Ryan Mathews that helped close the side and the door on any chance of the Wolfpack being competitive in the match. The Seminoles also got strong contributions from third baseman Jose Brizuela and right-fielder Josh Delph, who both went 2-for-4 in the game; Delph recorded 3 RBIs and was exceptionally live at the plate against the Wolfpack pitchers. Though North Carolina State needed four pitchers on the mound in a losing effort, FSU only needed two, with starter Mike Compton giving six steady innings and reliever Luke Weaver tying a career high in strike-outs with five.
With a victory that came in 3 hours exactly, the ‘Noles matched the 2006 Clemson Tigers and 2008 FSU club with 24 wins, a league record that proves just how good the 2012 team is. With the regular season in the books, the Seminoles next test to start the post-season will be against Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament.