ACC Baseball Championship: Virginia Rallies Past Florida State, 6-3 to Claim 2009 ACC Baseball Championship
May 24, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. (the ACC.com) - Virginia's John Hicks singled through the left side of the Florida State infield, driving home the two go-ahead runs in the ninth inning Sunday as the sixth-seeded Cavaliers edged the Seminoles 6-3 for the 2009 ACC Baseball Championship.
FSU and Virginia entered the final innings tied, 3-3. The Seminoles (42-16) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Virginia reliever Tyler Wilson (W, 8-3) struck out pinch hitter Tommy Oravetz and induced first baseman Jack Posey to fly to right, escaping the jam.
In the top of the ninth, Virginia also managed to load the bases with one out on FSU reliever Sean Gilmartin (L, 11-3), thanks to a single by designated hitter Phil Gosselin, an error by FSU second baseman Jason Stridham and a walk.
Unlike Wilson, Gilmartin was unable to get out of danger. Hicks delivered his crucial hit, putting the Cavs in the lead. Virginia added an insurance run when Dan Grovatt scored on a passed ball.
Cavalier reliever Kevin Arico sewed up the victory by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Florida State grabbed an early lead on a two-run first inning home run by Stridham, his 11th of the season. Stridham also drove in a run with a single in the third.
The Cavaliers tied the game with a single run in the second, which was scored on Steven Proscia's RBI double, and two runs in the fourth -- catcher Franco Valdes drove in a run with a single, then later scored himself, thanks to a wild pitch, a fielder's choice and a passed ball.
The Seminole battery struggled throwing five wild pitches and allowing two passed balls.
Virginia's 2009 title was a carbon copy of its last ACC championship. In that event, the Cavs also beat FSU in the title game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
It was the third ACC baseball title for Virginia (43-12-1), which last won the ACC Tournament in 1996. It was the sixth conference championship for the Cavalier athletic program this scholastic year -- one more than FSU and Maryland, which claimed five titles each.
This year's tournament 39,639 fans for 13 games -- the ninth best total in ACC history.
2009 ACC Baseball All-Tournament Team
All-Tournament Most Valuable Player
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