Pinder's double play, Markey's complete game help Va. Tech upend Florida State
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- An unassisted double play by third baseman Chad Pinder in the ninth sealed Virginia Tech's 3-2 upset against No. 4 Florida State in ACC action on Friday at English Field.
With the victory, Tech improved to 19-8 on the season, 6-4 in league play, while Florida State fell to 23-2, 7-3 in the ACC.
After both teams stranded two runners in the first inning, Florida State had a chance to get on the board in the second. With two outs and runners on the corners, FSU tried a double steal, but Seth Miller was thrown out at the plate to preserve the scoreless tie.
Florida State starting pitcher Brandon Leibrandt (4-2) walked three of the first four batters he faced in the third, but picked off one of them. With two outs and runners on first and second, Mark Zagunis hit a single up the middle to bring home Gary Schneider to put Tech on the board.
The Hokies added a pair of runs in the fourth when Kyle Wernicki scored from first on a two-out double by Sean Keselica. Schneider followed with an RBI single, scoring in Keselica to put Tech up 3-0 at the end of the fourth.
With no outs in the top of the sixth, the Seminoles put their only runs on the board when D.J. Stewart hit a two-run homer over the fence in right-center field, scoring Marcus Davis, who led off with a single.
Tech starter Brad Markey (3-2) went the distance for the Hokies, recording his second complete game of the year. He scattered 11 hits and one walk and struck out four. He allowed just the two-run home run and was helped by his defense.
The Hokies turned four double plays in the game, including Pinder’s, to seal the victory for the Hokies. With one out, FSU’s Jose Brizuela was standing on third, after a leadoff double and a sacrifice. However, pinch-hitter Casey Smit lined a ball towards Pinder, who snagged the ball, dived and applied the tag to double off Brizuela.