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May 28, 2010
By Rob Daniels
GREENSBORO, N.C. - In less than 24 hours, the Florida State Seminoles have gone from their longest losing streak in four years to a more familiar spot: ACC baseball power-brokers.
The Noles got five steady innings from starting pitcher John Gast to dispatch Boston College 12-2 Friday in seven innings and finish their Pool A play at 2-1 in the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship. The game ended early by the 10-run rule.
The result eliminates BC and top-seeded Virginia from title contention, and it means Saturday's UVa-Miami contest will determine the pool's representative in the title game. The Hurricanes advance with a win; FSU (41-17) needs the Cavs to pull off the victory.
"I was born and raised in this neck of the woods," said FSU coach Mike Martin, who grew up 100 miles away from NewBridge Bank Park in Charlotte. "And I would be happy to stay."
Gast had allowed 12 hits and 10 earned runs in eight innings in his three previous appearances, but he blanked the Eagles (30-28) over the first five before encountering mild trouble in the sixth.
"I just tried to get them to put the ball in play and our fielders make plays, which they did," Gast said. "Early on, I felt I had real good control." He was supported by an offense that hit three more home runs to go with Thursday's five. James Ramsey delivered a two-run homer and a two-run double for the Noles.
The 10-run rule, which can be invoked in the seventh inning or later in this tournament, started looking possible when the Noles went up 10-0 in the fifth.
The Eagles scratched out two in their half of the sixth, but the Noles invoked the differentially based early-termination clause when Tyler Holt, 21-for-46 against BC in his career, lined a two-out single to score Stuart Tapley with the 12th run.
"This team has a lot of pride," Eagles center fielder Robbie Anston said. "You don't want to go out like that."
BC will retain that pride and hope as NCAA tournament selections are being determined. The Noles, assured of a spot in the bracket, will look to host a regional.
"That's going to be up to the committee," Martin said. "Having served on that committee for six years many years ago, I know how difficult it is to choose sites."
2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship
NewBridge Bank Park -- Greensboro, N.C.
Friday, May 27, 2010
Game 7: #8 Boston College vs. #5 Florida State
Florida State (41-17, 18-12 ACC) ... ...improves to 41-17 overall and 60-30 all-time in the championship. ...has an all-time ACC-best .667 (60-90) winning percentage in the championship. ...has hit eight home runs in the championship to lead all teams. ...has hit all eight of its home runs in the championship in the last two games. ...strung together three or more consecutive hits twice. ...scored in six consecutive innings, beginning with the second. ...1-2-3-4-5 hitters went 10-for-20 with seven runs batted-in and eight runs scored. ...had 15 hits for the first time since rapping out 19 safeties against Duke on April 16. ...has an off day on Saturday. ...junior centerfielder Tyler Holt ended the game with a single in the seventh inning that scored junior pinch hitter Stuart Tapley from third base. ...junior lefthander John Gast is the first Florida State starter to earn a win since Hunter Scantling defeated Stetson on May 12. ...sophomore rightfielder James Ramsey is the third Seminole to have a multi-extra base hit game in three games in the championship.
Boston College (30-28, 14-16 ACC) ... ...falls to 30-28 overall and 3-3 in the championship. ...had two leadoff runners in the game. ...had two runners in scoring position in the game. ...junior first baseman Mickey Wiswall hit his 19th home run of the season after hitting 18 long balls in his first two seasons; Wiswall's 19 home runs are second to Sean McGowan's 25 (1999) in Boston College single-season history.