Towns' Walk Off Home Run Sends UVa To Extra-Inning Victory
UVa sophomore Kenny Towns
Virginia sophomore third-baseman Kenny Towns hit a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give UVa a 7-4 win over Florida State Saturday in the ACC Tournament.
The 3-seed Cavaliers (47-10) and 2-seed Seminoles (44-15) were both playing their last game in the tournament, as Virginia Tech went 3-0 in pool play to secure a spot in the ACC Championship game Sunday.
The Wahoos were trailing 4-3 in the 8th inning against FSU, when Towns scored from 1st on a 2-out Mike Papi single to tie the game at 4-4.
Kyle Crockett struck out six in four innings of scoreless relief, and Nick Howard got the win after coming on in the top of the 12th.
Virginia never led in the game until Towns' home run sailed over the Blue Monster in left field in the 12th.
FSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd, before Joe McCarthy tied with game with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning.
The 'Noles scored three more in the 6th, but Virginia answered with two more in the bottom of the inning.
Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor says, "You can obviously gain some positive feelings about our success that we had here this week, going 2-1, and starting next weekend we'll have a lot of confidence. Certainly the players know that. You play the whole season to put yourself in the position that we have here and we're going to get better but it comes down to what you do next weekend. "
The 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament will be revealed at noon on Monday.
O'Connor says, "As great as the walk-off home run was, and as great as this victory was, people are going to remember this team for what we do from here moving forward. That being said, it doesn't add any pressure. It's just the way that it is, the way sports is."
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