May 24, 2003
Salem, Va. – No. 1 Florida State (49-9-1) shutout Virginia (29-25) by a final score of 2-0 in an elimination game of the ACC Tournament Saturday Morning. Tony Richie’s RBI single, scoring Drew, in the third inning proved to be the game winner. Starter Daniel Davidson (9-0) picked up the win after working 7.2 scoreless innings and only allowing three hits. Davidson tied a career-high with seven strikeouts and retired 21 of the last 23 batters he faced. Daniel Hodges picked up his 12th save of the season after pitching the final 1.1 innings.
The Seminoles scored the game’s first run, which proved to be the game winner, to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Stephen Drew singled to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tony McQuade’s groundout to the shortstop advanced Drew to third before Tony Richie’s game winnings RBI single through the left side plated Drew.
FSU increased its lead to 2-0 in the sixth. Blake Balkcom doubled to left, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jerrod Brown and Chris Hart’s sacrifice fly scored Balkcom for the inning’s only run.
Blake Balkcom led the Seminoles offensively, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Hodges recorded his 31st career save which moves him just one behind Ricky Kimball’s (1988-91) career mark of 32 as FSU’s all-time save leader.
Virginia’s Andrew Dobies took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work. Dobies struck out three Seminole batters and walked four.
Florida State will next face N.C State who is playing North Carolina in the winners bracket. If N.C. State defeats North Carolina, FSU and N.C. State will face off no earlier than 8:00 p.m. tonight and will be televised live on Sunshine. If North Carolina wins, the Seminoles and Wolfpack will play their game on Sunday morning. A complete bracket with updated game times and results is available at theacc.com.