Virginia falls in 11 innings to #9 Florida State 3-2 in ACC Tournament
DURHAM, NC (WSET) - Reese Albert's walk-off single in the 11th gave 9th-ranked Florida State a 3-2 win over Virginia on day one of the ACC Baseball Tournament in Durham.
With the loss, the Cavaliers (28-25) can not advance out of Pool C to the semifinals, so Thursday's game against N.C. State at 3 will be their season finale.
“That team (Florida State) is tough to put away,” head coach Brian O’Connor said. “The first time around the order, they battled Daniel (Lynch) and battled him all day, and he started to settle in and get a few strikeouts. I thought (Andrew) Abbott, (freshman out of Halifax Co. ) was tremendous for us out of the pen, as well. I hated to see him lose that game but credit them, the kid put a good swing on the ball.”
Junior Daniel Lynch tossed seven innings of two-run baseball while striking out seven.
Lynch finished the year with a career-high 105 strikeouts, the first Cavalier pitcher since Connor Jones in 2015 to reach the century mark.
The Cavaliers fell behind twice in the contest and twice came back to tie the game. In the top of the third inning, Justin Novak evened the score at one with an RBI single that scored Cayman Richardson (Mechanicsville, Va.), who led off the frame off with a double. Virginia knotted the game again in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Nate Eikhoff that scored Andy Weber.
Cavalier freshman Andrew Abbott (Halifax, Va.) came on in relief of Lynch and retired the first 10 batters he faced. Making his team-leading 24th appearance of the year, the lefty struck out five batters including four of the first six.