156 games. That’s how long it had been since the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers were last shutout. At nearly the length of an entire MLB season, it was the nation’s longest active streak. Operative word: “was.” Because thanks to the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles, it’s now history.
Behind a sterling performance from starting pitcher Mike Compton, FSU held UVA scoreless and evened their huge series with the Cavs at a game apiece Saturday night in Tallahassee on the strength of a 7-0 victory.
Compton and Hoos’ starter Josh Sborz dueled until the fourth inning, when a John Sansone single scored John Nogowski and Jose Brizuela.
The ‘Noles chased Sborz in the fifth with a leadoff walk to Danny De La Calle and a base hit by Josh Delph. But reliever Conner Jones didn’t fare any better, as DJ Stewart’s single plated De La Calle, and a Brizuela double knocked in Delph and Stewart to make it 5-0. A Sansone sacrifice fly scored Nogowski, and the margin was 6-0.
Billy Strode relieved Compton (6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R) in the seventh frame and was just as effective, allowing just two hits over the rest of the game. FSU notched its final run in the bottom of the seventh on another Sansone sac fly that drove in Stewart.
Florida State is now 33-10 with a conference mark of 17-6. These ACC powers meet one more time in the regular season: tomorrow at 1 pm at Dick Howser Stadium.