The No. 4 ranked Florida State Seminole baseball team prevented a three game sweep by our own Cavaliers on Sunday; defeating UVa 12-11 in ten innings. All three games in the series went to extra innings, which is a first in Cavalier history. Each game was decided by only one run. The Seminoles broke Virginia’s 13-game winning streak, which was the second longest winning streak in the NCAA this year. The Seminole victory on Sunday is the ‘Noles 23rd consecutive Sunday victory, dating back to the 2009 ACC Tournament Championship game loss to the Cavaliers.
UVa’s Artie Lewicki gave up the 10th inning home run. He fell to 0-1 for the season. Florida State used six pitchers to secure the win, while the Cavaliers played five pitchers. The Cavaliers walked five batters and four of those walks scored.
In the sixth the Cavaliers took a 6-4 lead. Stephen Bruno hit the first pitch down the line to third base for a double. He scored off a hit by Reed Gragnani. Keith Werman moved Gragnani to second with a sacrificed bunt. He was advanced to second with a single by Chris Taylor. Gragnani scored off of John Barr.
The Seminoles scored four runs in the eighth inning,. The first four batters on the Seminole rotation all scored. Making the score 9-7. The Seminoles scored two in the ninth inning, after UVa pitcher Whit Mayberry walked a batter, forcing a run in, which was followed then by a score by Tye Buckley. FSU led to 11-7.
Virginia tied it in the bottom ninth, 11-11, with the help of some Seminoles errors.
FSU wasted no time gaining the lead in the 10th, when Lopez scored a home run over the right center field wall, putting FSU up 12-11. UVa came close to tying it back up in the bottom of the 10th but left runner left on third.
Overall, it was a fantastic series of baseball. There wasn’t a dull moment at Davenport this weekend.
Next, the Cavaliers will host Towson on Tuesday and Wednesday in a two game series at Davenport Field.