Jacksonville, Fla. – In a game with possible national seeding implications for the NCAA Tournament which begins next week, fourth-ranked Florida State (48-10) scored six runs in the top of the ninth to rally past top-ranked North Carolina (46-12) 9-6 Saturday evening at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Seminoles erased a pair of two-run deficits in the final game of the ACC Baseball Championship finishing the tournament with a 2-1 record.
Trailing by two entering the top of the ninth, Florida State got a one out, two-run single by pinch hitter Buster Posey to tie the game at five. Stuart Tapley followed with a base hit through the left side on a hit and run before play was halted for 64 minutes due to severe weather in the area. When play resumed Jack Rye gave the Seminoles the lead for good with a base hit through the right side scoring pinch runner Ruairi O’Connor from second. Dennis Guinn added to the lead with an RBI single to right while Tony Delmonico registered a sacrifice fly to right scoring Rye. Tommy Oravetz capped off the scoring in the inning with a base hit to center bringing home Guinn for the sixth run of the inning.
Six straight Seminoles reached base including five consecutive singles during the ninth inning rally. The six runs were the most scored in the ninth since the Seminoles posted five in a come-from-behind victory over Stetson in DeLand back on April 30.
Junior catcher Buster Posey was not in the starting line-up on Saturday, May 24 ending a streak of 184 consecutive games. He was held out of Saturday’s game against North Carolina due to rest. Posey had started every game in a Seminole uniform since arriving on campus in 2006.
Florida State will now await its fate as the NCAA will announce its field of 64 teams on Monday, May 26 at 12:30 pm on ESPN. The NCAA will also announce the 16 host sites for next weekend’s regional on Sunday, May 25 at 7:00 pm on ESPN2.
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