Seminoles Beat Jackets, Make Case For National Seed

DURHAM, N.C.—Florida State righthander/center fielder Mike McGee doesn’t like to be surprised. So when rain all but washed out Friday’s games at the ACC tournament and pushed Florida State’s final pool play game against Georgia Tech back to Saturday morning, McGee had to set an early alarm.

“We had a wakeup call for 6:15,” McGee said. “But I went to bed before I found out what happened last night because I don’t really like to be surprised. If they didn’t play or something, I wanted to be sure I knew what was going on before the wakeup call came.”

Wide awake by the time he threw the day’s first pitch at 9:05 a.m., McGee baffled Georgia Tech for 5 1/3 innings and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. The offense and bullpen did their parts as well, and the Seminoles beat the Yellow Jackets 4-2 in a game that could weigh heavily in the race for a national seed.

Florida State entered the day ranked fifth in RPI, with Georgia Tech two spots behind, according to boydsworld.com. But with Virginia, the ACC champion, and North Carolina, No. 1 in the RPI, seemingly already having wrapped up national seeds, it appears unlikely two more ACC teams could earn national seeds.

Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall made his case for a national seed despite the loss.

“Unless my memory serves me wrong, I think that we had the best record in the league, tied with Virginia,” he said. “If that’s not enough to convince the committee that we did everything, I’d just like to see who they might put in our league that could do that.

“I think we play 30 league games for a reason. They’re 30 tough ones, and to win 22 of those—enough said.”

In contrast, Seminoles coach Mike Martin just sounded happy someone else would be making the decision.

“I don’t ever want to say that, I think, because I was on those committees,” he said. “I don’t have everything right in front of me of what others have accomplished. The committee has a very difficult decision to make, so therefore whatever is given out, we will accept it and look forward to continuing to compete.”

The loss sent Georgia Tech back to Atlanta to await the announcement of regional host sites tomorrow. Florida State, meanwhile, had to wait for the result of the Clemson-North Carolina State game. A Clemson win would send the Seminoles to their third straight ACC tournament championship game, while a North Carolina State win would send the Wolfpack to the title game.

“We’re all looking for some barbeque right now,” Martin said. “If North Carolina State wins, we’ll pack up and go to Tallahassee and wait for the announcement tomorrow.”

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