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2011 ACC Baseball Championship: Virginia Defeats FSU 7-2 To Win ACC Title

The Virginia Cavaliers beat Florida State Sunday afternoon 7-2 to cap an impressive performance at the 2011 ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers were one of the nation's best teams all season and proved that again in Durham this weekend. 

After Florida State scored a run in the top of the first inning, Virginia catcher John Hicks hit a monster two-run home run to left field. Both teams were held scoreless after that until the sixth, when FSU tied up the game on a Justin Gonzalez home run. Steven Proscia, the tournament Most Outstanding Player, hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to give Virginia the lead for good. Chris Taylor gave the Cavaliers some breathing room in the seventh inning with his own two-run home run. 

Virginia starting pitcher Danny Hultzen picked up the win and continued his great season, throwing 6.0 innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out five while only walking one batter. 

The Cavaliers will get one of the national seeds and should be ranked as one of the top two or three teams in the tournament. Florida State is right on the bubble for a national seed and will have to wait until Monday to see if they have done enough to get home field advantage through the super regionals. 

Virginia fans, according to recent history, you can go ahead and book your trip to Omaha for late June. The ACC Champions from the last five years have all made it to the College World Series. 

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