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Florida State Baseball Rallies Late to Defeat Virginia Tech

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The Seminoles needed a ninth inning hero, and got one in Josh Delph.

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State brought back their late inning heroics they are accustomed to this season, scoring two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Virginia Tech 7-6.

Virginia Tech jumped out to an early lead, hitting a solo home run off of the third batter that starting pitcher Cobi Johnson faced. They tacked on two more runs before Florida State was able to get their first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Noles threatened in that fourth inning, loading the bases with one out, but were only able to score one run.

FSU threatened again in the seventh, scoring three runs before Darren Miller struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning, making the score 5-4 in favor of the Hokies.

The Seminoles added some ninth inning dramatics, loading the bases with two outs for Josh Delph, a late inning substitute. He grounded a ball to second baseman, who threw it over Hayden's glove at first base, scoring two runs, and giving the ‘Noles a 6-5 walk off victory.

Cobi Johnson went four and two thirds innings, surrendering five runs (three earned) and striking out five. His command was inconsistent all day, giving up three walks and a wild pitch, as 41 of his 94 pitches were balls.

Alec Byrd replaced Johnson, and pitched a masterful 3 1/3 innings. Byrd did not give up a run or walk a batter and only allowed two hits while striking out five. Billy Strode replaced Byrd and allowed one hit, but struck out three in his inning of work.

Florida State improves to 22-7 (9-3 ACC) this season after taking the last two games from Virginia Tech. They will now head on the road Tuesday to face the Florida Gators in the annual showdown between the two.