Monday, May 25, 2009

WAHOOS WIN ACC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

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.

The Seminole battery struggled throwing five wild pitches and allowing two passed balls.
It was the third ACC baseball title for Virginia (43-12-1), which last won the ACC Tournament in 1996. It was the sixth conference championship for the Cavalier athletic program this scholastic year -- one more than FSU and Maryland, which claimed five titles each.

This year's tournament 39,639 fans for 13 games -- the ninth best total in ACC history.

2009 ACC Baseball All-Tournament Team:

C-Franco Valdes, Virginia
1B-Dustin Ackley, North Carolina
2B-Jason Stidham, Florida State
3B-Mickey Wiswall, Boston College
SS-Jake Lemmerman, Duke
OF-Dan Grovatt, Virginia
OF-Wilson Boyd, Clemson
OF-Mike McGee, Florida State
UT/DH-Danny Hultzen, Virginia
P-Pat Dean, Boston College
P-Casey Harman, Clemson
All-Tournament Most Valuable Player Dan Grovatt, Virginia

Notes:

· Virginia wins its third ACC Baseball Championship and second in the tournament era (since 1973).

· Sixth seeded Virginia is the lowest seed to win the ACC Baseball Championship.

· The league title is the sixth for Virginia this season in all sports which ties a school record for ACC titles in a season and earns UVA the most crowns in the ACC this academic year. The Cavaliers also accomplished the feat in the 2003-04 and 2007-08 academic years.

· The ACC leads all conferences with fourth hosts selected this afternoon for the upcoming NCAA Baseball Tournament. Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina were given a home regional for the 64-team tournament which begins next weekend.

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