No. 8 Florida State 42-10, 18-9 and No. 9 NC State 39-13, 16-10 are in the midst of fighting to try and win the ACC Atlantic Division while also trying to secure one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Tournament. At times, both teams looked great against each other while also looking almost poorly at other times. In the end, Florida State took two of three from NC State to remain in the lead of the division and have control of their own destiny entering the last regular season weekend.
Importance of the Series
Entering the series, Florida State held a half game lead over NC State with six ACC games remaining. Three games against the Wolfpack and three games against Clemson who was a close third in the Atlantic Division. Now looking at the standings, FSU still holds their own destiny after winning two of three at NC State, but they still face a tougher test than the Pack.
What started as an old fashion pitcher’s duel finished with some ninth inning fireworks as No. 8 Florida State (38-9) capped off a ninth-inning rally with a walk-off RBI single to straight away centerfield by Stephen McGee as the Seminole defeated No. 30 UCF (26-22) 5-4 Sunday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
“Sometimes you just have to take what comes your way,” said head coach Mike Martin. “That was one of those that we had a very poor top of the ninth inning but our guys showed what they were all about, going out there and having good, quality at-bats; positioning themselves for success. We got it done. There were a lot of positives in the game. It was a just a great win for us.”
With the win, the Seminoles completed the series sweep of the Knights while improving their home record to 30-2 on the year. In the process, FSU also extended its win streak when wearing its gold uniforms to 20 in a row.
Bad defense put FSU in a ninth-inning hole.
Clutch hitting and some patience got them out.
Florida State’s sloppy effort in the field in the top of the ninth was erased with a three-run bottom half as the Seminoles topped Central Florida in a 5-4 thriller at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday.
Trailing 4-2 with three outs left, Jose Brizuela and Jameis Winston drew walks to bring the winning run to the plate and keep hope alive with none out.
No. 8 Florida State (37-9) captured its sixth consecutive victory with a 6-1 victory over No. 30 UCF (26-21) Saturday evening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium to clinch the season series from the Knights. A crowd of 4,215 was on hand in game two to watch the Seminoles and Knights battle under unusually cold and windy conditions.
“It was a good win,” said head coach Mike Martin. “There’s no two ways about it; it was a good win. The conditions were tough for both clubs tonight.”
The Seminoles once again got another outstanding performance from their starting pitcher as this time Brandon Leibrandt went 7.0 strong allowing an unearned run on five hits as he walked one and struck out nine to improve to 7-4 on the year. The sophomore southpaw also registered two more pickoffs to bring his season total to 10.
The way Seminole starter Brandon Leibrandt is going right now, even an unseasonably cold Saturday night could not quell his hot run.
With temperatures hovering in the 50′s for most of the game, Leibrandt (7-4) offered his third top-caliber start in four tries, pacing Florida State (37-9) to a 6-1 victory over Central Florida (26-21).
“There’s no two ways about it, it was a good win,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Obviously the conditions were tough for both clubs, Leibrandt did a very good job, Gage (Smith) did an outstanding job and let’s face it, that’s what it’s about.”