U of L rallies but falls to FSU in ACC baseball championship
Dan McDonnell's Cardinals trailed 5-1 but rallied to take a lead. FSU forced extra innings to take the ACC crown
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Drew Mendoza hit a two-run double in the 10th inning, and Florida State beat Louisville 11-8 on Sunday to win its third Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title in four years.
Mendoza finished with three RBIs, and Cal Raleigh and Rafael Bournigal each drove in two runs to help the fifth-seeded Seminoles (43-17) become the first team since Wake Forest in 1999 to win consecutive ACC tournaments.
Florida State improved to 16-1 in conference tournament games since 2014, with the only loss coming in the 2016 final against Clemson.
The Seminoles loaded the bases with one out in the 10th on a single by Rhett Aplin and two walks issued by reliever Michael McAvene (0-1). Mendoza lined a double down the right-field line off reliever Shay Smiddy to score Jackson Lueck and Aplin, and Steven Wells then scored on Reese Albert's RBI groundout.
Freshman Jonah Scolaro (2-1) pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th, his third inning of relief, for the victory.
Zach Britton hit a three-run homer, Devin Mann added a two-run shot and Josh Stowers also went deep, giving him 10 RBIs in four tournament games for the fourth-seeded Cardinals (43-17), who had their six-game winning streak snapped.
They committed three errors -- two by Mann, the second baseman -- leading to four unearned runs for Florida State. Louisville, appearing in its first ACC title game, was denied its first conference title since it won the Big East Tournament in 2009.
Raleigh extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run double in the first, and Florida State led 5-1 before Louisville rallied to take the lead, with Britton's homer making it 7-5.
Mann's two-run homer in the third pulled the Cardinals to 5-3, and he led off the fifth with a double. Florida State coach Mike Martin emerged from the dugout after that, and had home-plate umpire Jeff Gosney inspect Mann's bat.
Mann said after the game that the umpire told him the bat was dented and he couldn't use it anymore.
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