U of L rallies but falls to FSU in ACC baseball championship

Ruben Hill
May 28, 2018

Louisville had a chance to rally in the tenth, but went down in order.

FSU baseball will nearly certainly be a national seed when the NCAA announces the field for the NCAA tournament on Monday at 12 PM. The Seminoles hit a two-run home run to take the lead and used a squeeze bunt and a sacrifice fly to add on two more runs.

The Seminoles closed in on Walljasper and the Tigers in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out, three-run home run. Drew Mendoza was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.

The Bad: Neither starting pitcher made it past the fourth inning on Sunday. Jackson Lueck reached base on a fielder's choice and Rhett Aplin walked before Raleigh drove both home with his double. Unfortunately, Louisville could not capitalize with two runners on and two outs, and the Cards would go into extra innings for only the second time this season (Indiana) and it would be the first extra inning ACCBC title game since 2003. The Cardinals committed three errors in the field, leading to three unearned runs for the Seminoles.

Florida State's 10th-inning flurry capped an up-and-down afternoon in which each side took turns seizing and then relinquishing an apparent upper hand.

Louisville's pitching staff didn't have the hottest of starts to the contest, allowing 2 runs in the opening frame and 5 total runs through three innings. Josh Stowers and Zach Britton each homered for the Cardinals.

For the FSU baseball team in recent seasons, the Seminoles have been going with the same storyline: have a regular season of ups and downs that include losses and slumps against teams they shouldn't have lost to - only to come out like a wrecking ball toward the end and look like an incredible force in the ACC Tournament.

FSU raced to a 5-1 lead before No. 5 seed Louisville stormed back with seven straight runs.

The cushion increased to 8-5 in the fifth inning on a RBI single up the middle by Wyatt. He started all 35 games, led the team in scoring - averaging 12.8 points per game - and was second in rebounding (5.1 per game).

LSU got on the board first in the second inning after Doyle led off the inning with a solo home run over the left field wall, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. J.C. Flowers was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts for the Seminoles. Louisville could not respond with any runs of their own, and the 11-8 score would stand by the end of the tenth inning. Albert followed with a RBI groundout to score Wells for the final run. For Louisville, Bobby Miller allowed five runs and three earned in his 2 1/3 innings of relief.

The 16 teams that will host a regional for the 2018 NCAA baseball tournament were announced Sunday night, and as expected Clemson earned one of the top 16 spots.

"What a fun week of baseball", Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said.

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