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May 26, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Florida State exited the ACC Tournament in quiet fashion on Saturday afternoon as the top-seed was shut out by fourth-seed Virginia 7-0.
The shutout was the first for the Seminoles (43-15) since its ACC Tournament opener in 2011 when North Carolina State blanked FSU 7-0. It also the first time in school history that FSU has failed to win a single game in the conference tournament.
FSU managed just five hits in the game and the Cavaliers (38-17-1) took full control with a six-run seventh inning.
"That was just an old fashioned butt whooping," FSU head coach Mike Martin said. "You have to say Virginia played extremely well. They messed up a good ball game in the seventh. It was a good ball game, everybody was enjoying it, then they just put a little six spot on us and see you later."
UVA entered the seventh inning leading just 1-0, but erased all hope of a Seminole rally as it scored six runs on four hits and an error. FSU used four different pitchers before finally getting out of the inning as Brandon Johnson induced a ground out.
Luke Weaver, who took over for FSU starter Mike Compton in the sixth inning, walked the bases loaded but looked like he might be able to get out the jam. After a strike out of Branden Cogswell, he got ahead of Stephen Bruno 1-2. But Bruno was able to single to right field and open the floodgates for the Cavaliers.
"I thought he pitched very well," Martin said of Weaver, who allowed four earned runs on two hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. "Bruno just screwed everything up getting that base hit. We had two strikes on him, (Weaver) made a good pitch and (Bruno) being the outstanding player that he is singles to right. That kind of hurt."
The big inning for Virginia washed out a nice start by Compton (10-2), who allowed just one earned run on six hits and two walks in his five innings of work in just his second loss of the season.
"I was just trying to give the team a chance to win," Compton said. "Obviously you don't want to go into regionals on a three game losing streak, but I was just doing my best out there. Keeping my fastball low, hitting with the slider, and letting the defense play behind me."
While Compton kept the UVA bats at by early, Virginia pitchers kept FSU off the base paths all afternoon long.
Cavaliers' starter Artie Lewicki allowed just three hits, walked two, and struck out four in his seven innings of work to earn the win and improve to 4-2 on the year.
The UVA bullpen, including closer Justin Thompson who worked a perfect ninth inning, gave up just two hits and no walks in the final two innings.
Martin said the fact that his team had nothing to play for after dropping its first two games of the tournament didn't factor into Saturday's result at all.
"Obviously it would have been more exciting to know that if we win we're going to be in the finals but we're competing. That's enough," he said. "The day that rings in my mind that 'Oh this game doesn't mean anything' I'm out of here. Because this game today meant something to us. We got whipped. Sitting over there with a seven-run deficit and seeing Thompson out there on the mound in the ninth is kind of like your daddy has called you for supper and you know that you broke the back window and he knows it and he's waiting for you with the belt. You're going to get yours whipped."
Nogowski committed an error in the seventh inning that also prolonged the big inning.
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