Since joining the conference in 1992, no team has won more ACC baseball titles than Florida State. The Seminoles clinched one of those on this day five years ago.
It had been five years since FSU had won the ACC as it entered the conference’s title game against NC State in Durham on May 24, 2015. The last title for FSU had coincidentally come in a win over the Wolfpack. It would happen again on that Sunday afternoon, 6-2.
Setting the Stage
FSU had entered the ACC Tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Seminoles kicked things off with a 3-1 win over Clemson before defeating North Carolina, 8-4. Behind a splendid performance by Drew Carlton, FSU topped No. 1 seed Louisville 6-0 to win its pool.
NC State was the No. 6 seed in the tournament. Like Florida State, the Wolfpack won all three of their games in pool play. After topping No. 2 seed Miami in a 12-inning thriller, NC State shut out Notre Dame and blasted Virginia.
During the regular season, FSU took two of three games when the teams met in Raleigh. The Seminoles won 8-3 when the teams met five years prior for the ACC Championship.
The ACC Championship contest was scoreless headed into the bottom of the third inning, but infielder John Sansone would soon change that. With one out and two runners on, Sansone lifted a 3-run home run over the left field wall to give the Seminoles the early lead.
NC State wasted little time getting two of those runs back. The Wolfpack chased Bryant Holtmann in the top of the fourth inning. Head coach Mike Martin went to his bullpen and brought in Boomer Biegalski. Usually a starter, Biegalski had worked 6.1 scoreless innings as a starter in the ACC Tournament opener against Clemson, but showed he had plenty left in the tank.
After Jake Fincher’s sacrifice fly brought home the first NC State run, Bubby Riley scored on a wild pitch to make it a 1-run game. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Bieglaski was able to work out of the jam by striking out outfielder Josh McLain. The Wolfpack would not put a runner in scoring position again against Biegalski.
Bieglaski would work 4.2 shutout innings of relief for the Seminoles, surrendering just a hit and walk. He struck out five for the Seminoles.
While the NC State bats went cold, the Seminoles added on. In the bottom of the fourth, FSU pushed its lead back to three on a 2-run single by catcher Danny De La Calle. Quincy Nieporte capped the scoring with an RBI double in the seventh.
After a solid outing from Bieglaski, closer Billy Strode worked a scoreless ninth to end the contest for the Seminoles.
While Biegalski’s relief performance stole the show, Ben DeLuzio and Nieporte each had two hits at the plate. After his 3-run blast in the third, Sansone scored again in the seventh.
Chance Shepard had two of the five NC State hits.
With two wins in four games, Biegalski was named the ACC Tournament MVP. Joining him on the All-ACC Tournament team were DeLuzio and first baseman Chris Marconcini.
The ACC title was not enough for FSU to earn a national seed, but it did sweep through the Tallahassee Regional. The Seminoles’ run would ultimately end in Gainesville as they lost to rival Florida in two games in the Super Regional round.
NC State would not get out of the regional round despite a 2-0 start in the Fort Worth Regional. With two chances to earn one win, the Wolfpack were defeated by TCU in consecutive games, 8-2 and then 9-8 in 10 innings.
Since the 2015 ACC Championship, FSU has won two more ACC titles and played for the title once more. NC State hasn’t been back to the ACC title game since falling to FSU on this day five years ago.