FSU shuts out Virginia to tie the series
Tallahassee, Fla.- The Virginia Cavaliers had not been shut out for 156 games, the longest current streak in the nation, entering Saturday’s game. Strong outings by FSU pitchers Mike Compton and Billy Strode brought that streak to an end as the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (33-10, 17-6 ACC) rebounded from last night’s tough loss to take game two 7-0 over No. 1 Virginia (36-8, 17-6 ACC).
“Just pleased for our guys,” said head coach Mike Martin after the game. “We did what we know how to do and things happened to go our way…certainly a good win for our ball club.”
Compton pitched six and a third scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and striking out one on 101 pitches. Strode replaced him in the seventh and held the Cavaliers to only two hits while striking out three in two and two-third innings.
“When Michael [Compton] is cooking it is no fun,” Martin said. “He throws a heavy ball and it is hard to get anything in the air because your timing has to be so perfect.”
Offensively the Seminoles were led by Jose Brizuela. After going 3-18 in the previous five games he broke out of his slump Saturday. He struck out in his first at bat, but quickly turned it aroun going 3-4 with 2 RBI and 1 run scored. He provided one of the key at bats of the game in the fifth inning when he doubled down the right field line with bases loaded extending the Seminole’s lead to four runs.
“My first at bat he made a good pitch to strike me out,” Brizuela said. “I just put it past me and didn’t let it really affect me and just came out and tried to help the team.”
His turnaround Saturday was due in part to the extra work he put in following Friday’s loss. After the fans were long gone and most of his teammate had already headed home Brizuela stayed behind and headed to the batting cages.
“I made a couple adjustments,” Brizuela said. “I watched video from earlier in the season and last year and fixed some stuff last night. It paid off.”
Florida State and Virginia will return to the field Sunday afternoon for the decisive third game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Bryant Holtmann will take the mound for the Seminoles.