Virginia Downs Florida State In Opening Game of ACC Baseball Tournament
May 24, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.(AP)-Virginia pitcher Sean Doolittle allowed one run over six innings and outfielder Brandon Guyer drove in three runs with a homer and single to lead the Cavaliers to a 6-2 win over Florida State on Wednesday in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Doolittle (11-1), named ACC Pitcher of the Year on Monday, allowed four hits and one walk while striking out nine, seven of which came in the first three innings. He was lifted after walking the leadoff batter in the seventh inning.
Michael Schwimer and Casey Lambert combined to limit the Seminoles to one run and two hits the last three innings. Virginia led the nation with a team-best 2.56 ERA while holding batters to the lowest average in the nation at .217
Virginia (46-11) scored single runs in four of the first five innings to stake Doolittle to a 4-0 lead. Brandon Marsh matched Doolittle's first inning sacrifice fly with another one in the third inning. Guyer then drove in his first run with his team-leading seventh home of the season in the fourth inning.
The sophomore left fielder drove in his team co-leading 52nd and 53rd runs of the year with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Cavaliers used two hits and a pair of walks to add two insurance runs.
Florida State lost its first opening round game of the ACC Tournament since 1994. The Seminoles (39-18) scored once on Jack Rye's home run in the sixth and added another in the eighth on Buster Posay's RBI-single. The Seminoles had runners on second and third with two outs when Ryan Malone struck out, one of a season-high 15 strikeouts by FSU in the game.
FSU starter Bryan Henry (9-3) allowed six runs (five earned) and five hits over seven innings to absorb the loss.
Virginia moves on to meet the winner of the North Carolina-North Carolina State game which was to be played later in the day. Florida State will take on the loser of that contest in an elimination game.