Charlottesville, VA - No. 6 Florida State (31-8, 13-7 ACC) managed just one hit in game two of the doubleheader Saturday evening as No. 8 Virginia (34-6, 15-5 ACC) shut out the Seminoles 2-0 in front of a capacity crowd of 4,980 on Davenport Field inside UVa Baseball Stadium.
“You just have to tip your hat to the University of Virginia,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They did a great job. You get one hit; you just have to tip your hat. It’s tough to win on the road in the ACC; there is no doubt about it.”
Virginia’s Scott Silverstein (7-0) stymied the Seminole offense in game two of the doubleheader allowing only four base runners all game long. The senior southpaw went 7.0 innings allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out six. Kyle Crockett worked the final two innings retiring all six batters that he faced to earn his eighth save of the season.
“They threw the ball to location as well as anybody I’ve seen all year long against us,” added Martin. “They went through us tonight.”
The lone Seminole hit of the game came off the bat of Seth Miller in the third inning as the senior centerfielder ripped a double to right center. John Nogowski drew two walks off Silverstein in three plate appearances, while DJ Stewart registered the only other walk of the game drawing a base-on-ball in the sixth.
Brandon Leibrandt (5-4) was brilliant in defeat as the sophomore southpaw pitched the first complete game of his career and the first since Sean Gilmartin went the distance in a 2-1 defeat at Virginia Tech back on April 15, 2011.
Leibrandt went 8.0 strong innings scattering four hits and three walks while allowing two unearned runs. The Alpharetta, Ga., native finished with seven strikeouts.
“Brandon was beautiful,” said Martin. “He had a great, great outing. It turns into one pitch and the (UVa) guy did a good job of hitting it where we weren’t and you have to credit him.”
Neither team was able to produce much offensively through the first four innings as both starting pitchers yielded just three combined hits. Derek Fisher had the first hit of the game with a single through the left side in the second, while the second Cavalier hit was an infield single in the fourth by Joe McCarthy.
UVa took advantage of a costly throwing error by the Seminoles in the bottom of the fifth inning to break the scoreless tie, generating the only run production in the second game of the doubleheader.
After Leibrandt registered the first two outs on a fly out and a strikeout, Reed Gragnani drew his second walk of the game and moved to second on a throwing error at second on a groundball off the bat of Nate Irving. Branden Cogswell stepped in and plated the only two runs of the game with a double down the line in right to give UVa a 2-0 advantage.
The Cavaliers would manage just one base hit after Cogswell’s double that coming off the bat of Kenny Towns, who led off the bottom of the seventh with a single up the middle. Leibrandt retired 10 of the last 11 batters that he faced.
Silverstein and Crockett duplicated the matter as the Cavalier duo retired the last 11 Seminole batters to complete the one-hit shutout. The last time Florida State was held to just one hit in a game was against Miami back on May 1, 1998 down in Coral Gables (a 7-1 loss to the Hurricanes).
“Tomorrow is another day,” said Martin. “I am anxious to come out tomorrow and see how we play.”
The two teams will conclude the series on Sunday, April 21 with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Cavaliers Online All-Access player. Fans can listen to the game on the Seminoles.com All-Access player and locally on 100.7 FM. As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball and remember to like the Seminoles on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball). Live stats for the game will be available via gametracker.