Zagunis homers in bottom of the ninth as Virginia Tech knocks off Florida State
DURHAM, N.C. -- Hokie starting pitcher Brad Markey shut down Florida State for eight innings, but it was Mark Zagunis’ solo home run in the bottom of the ninth that gave No. 21 Virginia Tech a 3-2 walk-off victory against the No. 7 Seminoles in the 2013 ACC Championship on Thursday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Hokies improved to 2-0 in Pool B play and improved to 37-19 overall with their seventh consecutive win, their 12th win in 13 games and their 15th in 17. It also was their seventh consecutive win at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and fifth this season. Florida State dropped to 44-14 with the loss.
In a classic pitchers’ duel, Markey battled FSU starter Luke Weaver inning for inning as the pair tossed six scoreless innings each without allowing one base runner to touch third base.
It was Tech which broke through first as Tyler Horan hit an infield single before Zagunis tripled to right-center in the bottom of the seventh. Andrew Rash followed with a sac fly to right that put the Hokies up 2-0.
Weaver tossed 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
In the top of the eighth, DJ Stewart singled with two outs, his third hit of the game, and moved John Sansone, who was hit by a pitch, to third -- the first Seminole to reach that base. However, Markey ended the frame with a strikeout, his career-high-tying 10th of the night.
He went out in the ninth, but allowed a pair of doubles to allow one run to score and pinch-hitter Josh Delph then singled off reliever Clark Labitan to tie the game at 2 before Labitan finished the frame with a pair of grounders to second.
After Horan flew out to left to start the ninth, Zagunis smacked a 2-0 pitch over the Blue Monster in left field to notch his second walk-off home run of the season - and the Hokies' third of the year.
Tech now faces Georgia Tech with the opportunity to advance to the championship game. The game is slated for a 3:07 ET Friday.