Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)
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.