Florida State did something to Virginia Saturday night that no team had done to the Cavaliers in 156 games prior.
The No. 4 Seminoles used strong pitching and timely hitting to shut out the top-ranked Cavaliers, 7-0, in Tallahassee. The loss dropped Virginia to 36-8 overall and 17-6 in the ACC.
John La Prise, Joe McCarthy and Daniel Pinero each had a pair of hits for UVa, which finished with nine hits. FSU also had nine hits, while John Sansone drove in four runs.
Virginia starting pitcher Josh Sborz worked four-plus innings, giving up four earned runs, five hits and three walks. Sborz (4-3) also struck out four while taking the loss.
Florida State starting pitcher Mike Compton (4-1) tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out one. Billy Strode worked the final 2 2/3 innings to complete the shutout.
The Seminoles led 2-0 then opened some breathing run with a four-run fifth inning. Danny De La Calle drew a leadoff walk and Josh Delph walked, spelling the end of the night for Sborz. Jones entered and struck out Casey Smit on three pitches before DJ Stewart hit a high chopper that Pinero could not corral at shortstop. The single allowed De La Calle to score, with the runners advancing to second and third. After UVa intentionally walked John Nogowski, Jose Brizuela bounced a double down the right-field line to score a pair. John Sansone followed with a sacrifice fly to push the Seminoles’ lead to 6-0.
FSU tacked on a run in the seventh on Sansone’s second sac fly.
The two teams will play the rubber match Sunday at 1 p.m.