DURHAM, N.C. (the ACC.com) – Virginia’s John Hicks singled through the left side of the Florida State infield, driving home the two go-ahead runs in the ninth inning Sunday as the sixth-seeded Cavaliers edged the Seminoles 6-3 for the 2009 ACC Baseball Championship.
FSU and Virginia entered the final innings tied, 3-3. The Seminoles (42-16) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Virginia reliever Tyler Wilson (W, 8-3) struck out pinch hitter Tommy Oravetz and induced first baseman Jack Posey to fly to right, escaping the jam.
In the top of the ninth, Virginia also managed to load the bases with one out on FSU reliever Sean Gilmartin (L, 11-3), thanks to a single by designated hitter Phil Gosselin, an error by FSU second baseman Jason Stridham and a walk.
Unlike Wilson, Gilmartin was unable to get out of danger. Hicks delivered his crucial hit, putting the Cavs in the lead. Virginia added an insurance run when Dan Grovatt scored on a passed ball.
Cavalier reliever Kevin Arico sewed up the victory by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Florida State grabbed an early lead on a two-run first inning home run by Stridham, his 11th of the season. Stridham also drove in a run with a single in the third.
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