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Florida State defeats Virginia 13-3 in ACC opener

CHARLOTTE, NC — Jaime Ferrer and James Tibbs each had a two-run brace, Alex Toral capped the second inning six runs with a two-run homer, and ninth-seeded Florida State routed the fifth seeded Virginia 13-3 Wednesday in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

The Seminoles (34-22) will face fourth-seeded Notre Dame on Thursday before the Irish selection squad plays Virginia on Friday.

Colton Vincent led Florida State with three hits, with five other players having two hits. Toral drove in four runs, his two-run single producing the 10-run lead that ended the game after eight innings. Three players hit in a pair of runs, including Reese Albert who hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Virginia (38-16) scored three runs late in the fourth with three straight hits, but that only cut the deficit to 9-3.

Cavaliers pitcher Brian Gursky, who entered with a 7-1 record and a 3.32 ERA, failed to come out of the third inning and faced just 14 batters.

Bryce Hubbart and Wyatt Crowell each pitched four innings for Florida State, with Crowell picking up the win to move to 6-1.

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