Florida St. Beats Wake Forest in ACC Baseball Tourney
May 27, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, FL. (AP) - Florida State sophomore pitcher Michael Hyde threw a career-best 7 2/3 innings, limiting a weary Wake Forest team to three unearned runs in the Seminoles 7-3 win Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The win sends Florida State (50-17) into Saturday's semifinals against Georgia Tech, the 14th consecutive year that the Seminoles advanced to the semis. FSU must win two games against Tech in order to reach Sunday's championship game against the winner of the other semifinal pairing of Virginia and Clemson.
Wake Forest, playing its fifth tournament game in four days, ended its season with a 28-30 record.
Hyde was touched for two runs on a pair of hits in the first inning, but settled down and scattered seven hits and allowed just one more run over the next 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one and fell just short of becoming the first FSU pitcher to throw eight innings in a game this year.
Florida State took its first lead of the night when it scored three times in the third inning. Following a long home run by Danny Wardell, the Seminoles sandwiched a pair of walks around a double by Jack Rye and scored twice on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Tony Thomas.
Rye's bases-loaded walk in the third added another run and FSU increased the margin to 6-2 with a pair of runs the following inning. Ryne Malone's double brought home the first run and he scored the second when he avoided the tag at home on an infield grounder to short.
Rye and Shane Robinson both stroked two hits for the Seminoles. Wake Forest, which out-hit FSU 10-6 had five players finish with a pair of hits including Ryder Mathias and J.B. Tucker who both had a single and a double.
Wake Forest starter Kip Byrum (3-2) lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits but walking five and permitting four runs to score.