Florida State is the ACC baseball champion for the eighth time in program history. The Seminoles needed 10 innings to accomplish the feat, but they defeated Louisville, 11-8, in the ACC Tournament final Sunday to claim their second consecutive conference crown and third in four years.
Florida State is the first back-to-back ACC Tournament winner since Wake Forest in 1998-99.
Sophomore infielder Drew Mendoza delivered the clutch hit in the 10th, doubling to right field with the bases loaded to plate a pair and give FSU a 10-8 lead. Freshman Reese Albert added another run in the frame with an RBI groundout.
Jonah Scolaro, who came in to pitch in the eighth, closed the game with a perfect bottom half of the inning. In 3 innings of work, the freshman left-hander scattered 3 hits and kept Louisville off the board en route to his second victory of the season.
Florida State led 5-1 after the top of the third, but Louisville powered its way back. Junior infielder Devin Mann drilled a 2-run homer in the third, and junior outfielder Josh Stowers and freshman catcher Zach Britton each launched homers in the fourth to put the Cardinals up, 7-5. Sophomore first baseman Logan Wyatt tacked on to the lead with an RBI single in the fifth.
An RBI ground-rule double by junior infielder Mike Salvatore trimmed the lead in the sixth, and senior infielder Rafael Bournigal brought in a run with a single in the seventh and later came in to score on an errant pick-off attempt by Louisville freshman pitcher Reid Detmers that tied the game.
Louisville stranded runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings.
Both teams now turn their attention to the NCAA Regionals, which will be announced at noon Monday. Regional play will start Friday, before the super regionals begin the following week. The 2018 College World Series is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 through Wednesday, June 27.
Florida State will host a regional, and could possibly host a super regional.