ACC baseball: Gators finish sweep of Seminoles; Virginia, FSU share No. 1 ranking

Clemson heads to Charlottesville with a 3-game losing streak, plagued by walks, errors

Baseball - Brody Koerner

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Baseball - Brody Koerner

Florida State may be ranked No. 1 in the nation, but after the 8-0 thrashing delivered by rival Florida Tuesday night in Tallahassee, they can claim to be no better than second place in their home state.

"This game will humble you," Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. "We were soundly beaten; there is no other way to look at it. You tip your hat to the University of Florida and move to the next one. They did more things right then we did; they deserved to win the game."

The victory completed a Florida sweep of the Seminoles this season, with the Gators having won in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Overall, it was FSU's fourth straight loss to Florida, and its third straight to the Gators at Dick Howser Stadium.

Martin tried to focus his team on the big picture after the game.

"It is going to be extremely difficult, but if our guys play the next 32 like they played the first 32, I can't tell you how happy I will be," Martin said of his team, now 26-6 overall and 13-2 in the ACC. "It's going to be unbelievably tough to do that because of course we are moving into a very difficult part of our season."

Also limping into weekend series are Clemson, 20-13 after dropping a 6-2 decision to Georgia at home on Tuesday; Wake Forest, which fell to UNC-Greensboro 4-2; Boston College, which lost to Dartmouth 2-1; Pittsburgh, which lost to Akron 7-5; and Virginia Tech, which lost to Virginia Commonwealth 11-6.

In its last three games - losses to NC State and Georgia - Clemson has walked 16 opposing batters and committed 10 errors.

Two ACC teams - Maryland and Georgia Tech - reached the 20-win mark with victories on Tuesday. The Terps blanked George Mason 11-0, while the Yellow Jackets defeated Georgia Southern 13-2.

Also winning on Tuesday were Virginia, 9-3 over James Madison; North Carolina, 10-0 over NC A&T; Duke, 9-1 over NC Central; and Notre Dame, 6-1 over Chicago State.

ACC Baseball By The Numbers

1/2 - Florida State and Virginia hold the top two spots in four of the five major national polls this week. The Seminoles are No. 1 and the Cavaliers No. 2 in Baseball America, USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, and Perfect Game, with the positions switched in the NCBWA Poll.

3 - The number of no-hitters thrown by ACC pitchers this year. Virginia’s Nathan Kirby joined Miami’s Javi Salas - who tossed a perfect game - and Maryland’s Jake Stinnett on the list.

4 - ACC players have reached No. 1 on Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays four times in the past month.

9 - Casey Smit of Florida State was named the ACC Player of the Week after hitting .471 with nine RBIs on the week. He hit a game-winning single in the 12th inning and his first career home run in the third inning against Notre Dame.

18 - ACC Pitcher of the Week Nathan Kirby of Virginia struck out 18 Pitt batters in his no-hitter on Friday night. The 18 strikeouts were one off the Virginia and ACC single-game record.

28 - Current ACC schools had 28 combined players on active rosters in Major League Baseball for Opening Day.

53 - Florida State’s DJ Stewart holds both the longest active hitting (16) and reached base (53) streaks in the league. Georgia Tech’s Mott Hyde is second with a hitting streak of 10 games, while Virginia’s Joe McCarthy (24) and Duke’s Mark Lumpa (20) have reached base in at least 20 straight games.

1796 - Florida State’s Mike Martin sits on 1,796 career victories and is four away from becoming the fourth coach all-time to reach the 1,800 win milestone.

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TigerNE writes:

Hard to get excited about the series with UVA after the last 3 games.

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