Florida State Downs NC State 7-3, Forces Deciding Game In Tournament Bracket
May 27, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Buster Posey and Travis Anderson each went 3-for-4, and Brent Marsh pitched a career-high 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run Saturday as Florida State handed NC State a 7-3 defeat in game 11 of the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The FSU win forces a bracket championship game between NC State and Florida State at 4 p.m., with the winner advancing to the tournament championship game on Sunday The Seminoles improved to 42-18 with the victory, while the Wolfpack fell to 37-20.
Marsh (3-1) allowed no runs on four hits in his 5 2/3 innings on the mound. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan Pond (2-1) took the loss for the Wolfpack, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Posey had a single, double and triple, while Anderso had a double, single and home run, each falling one hit short of the cycle. Matt Camp led NC State with three hits in five at-bats. Ramon Corona hit a two-run homer in four at-bats.
The Seminoles took the early lead with a run in the top of the first. Jack Rye singled to left with one down and Posey followed with a grounder up the middle that rolled into center field. Ryne Malone worked a walk to load the bases, and Dennis Guinn got the run home with an RBI groundout.
Camp got the Wolfpack started in the bottom of the first with a chopper over the head of Malone at third and into left field for a single. Ramon Corona hit a one-hopper back to FSU starter Mark Sauls, who went to second to get a force on Camp, but threw the ball into center field for an error, leaving runners on the corners with none out. Aaron Bates tied the game with a grounder back to Sauls.
Anderson led off the top of the second with a line drive to left that bounced over the wall for a double. Tony Thomas Jr. bunted Anderson to third, and Danny Diaz drove the run in with a squeeze bunt up the first-base line.
Posey led off the top of the third with a double over Camp's head in straightaway center field. With one away, Posey stole third base, his ninth steal of the season, and Guinn made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Camp led off the bottom of the third with a single to center field, and Corona hit a drive that appeared to hit high off the wall in right. The ball was originally ruled a double, but after a meeting by the umpires, it was ruled that the ball hit the railing atop the wall, which by stadium ground rules out of the park and is a home run. Florida State coach Mike Martin objected to the ruling, but the homer tied the game at 3-3.
The tie did not last long. Anderson led off the top of the fourth with a single up the middle and went to second on a wild pitch. Thomas singled to center field to drive in Anderson, went to second on the throw to the plate, then scored from second when catcher Jon Still's throw back to second sailed into right-center field. That gave the Seminoles a 5-3 lead.
That was plenty of runs for Marsh, who entered the game with a 1-1 count on Jonathan Diaz and proceeded to set down 10 of the first 11 men he faced, and 17 of the first 19. The Pack never mounted a serious threat against Marsh, who pitched 3 1/3 innings before NC State finally reached him for a hit, a one-out single up the middle by Camp, who was promptly erased on a double play.
Posey led off the top of the fifth with a triple to the wall in center field, and Malone made it 6-3 with an RBI groundout to first base. Anderson made it 7-3 with a leadoff homer to left field in the top of the sixth.
The Wolfpack and Seminoles will play the bracket championship game at approximately 4:30 p.m. Lefthander Barret Browning will start for Florida State against NC State righthander Joey Cutler. WKNC-FM (88.1) will broadcast all of NC State's tournament game live, and all broadcasts will be available online at gopack.com through Yahoo's subscription service.