Hokies Walk Off With 3-2 Win Over Florida State

May 23, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. - Virginia Tech became the first team in the 2013 ACC Baseball Championship to notch two wins when Mark Zagunis slugged a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Hokies a 3-2 upset of Florida State Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Virginia Tech (37-19) can guarantee itself a spot in Sunday's championship game with a victory over Georgia Tech Friday at 3 p.m.

"It's in our hands to advance or not advance," Zagunis said.

"We came here to win a championship," Virginia Tech coach Pete Hughes said.

Florida State (44-14) became the first team eliminated from title contention, falling to 0-2. The Seminoles still have one round-robin game left, against Virginia Saturday at 11 a.m.

"I'm not upset ... I'm proud," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "I'm daggone proud of my Seminole team - the way they kept fighting."

Florida State appeared beat when Virginia Tech took a 2-0 lead into the top of the ninth. Hokies starter Brad Markey was dominant through eight innings - allowing just four hits, no runs and striking out 10.

But All-ACC catcher Stephen McGee got the `Noles off to a fast start in the ninth when he lined a double to right-center. After a groundout moved him to third, third baseman Casey Smit doubled him home. Hughes pulled Markey and brought in closer Clark Labitan to face pinch hitter Josh Delph.

Delph slapped a single to right and Smit beat Zagunis' throw to the plate, tying the game.

Virginia Tech seemed to have won the game with a two-run outburst that finally broke up a dazzling pitching duel between Markey and Virginia Tech starter Luke Weaver in the bottom of the seventh. Through six innings, the two starters had allowed just six hits and no runs between them, while striking out 16.

The Hokies' left fielder Tyler Horan changed that as he opened the seventh by beating out a slow roller to short for an infield single. Zagunis followed with a triple off the wall in right-center, scoring Horan with the first run of the game. Zagunis followed him to the plate when designated hitter Andrew Rash lofted a fly to medium center. FSU left fielder D.J. Stewart took the ball away from center fielder Seth Miller, but his throw to the plate sailed over the catcher's head.