Florida State will recover from an early loss in the 2012 ACC Baseball Tournament to win the championship.
The Seminoles entered the tournament as the heavy favorite and No. 1 seed but were promptly hit with a loss in their first game against No. 8 seed Georgia Tech. They will now have an opportunity to correct their early mistakes by winning their next two games against Virginia and Clemson.
Clemson has already lost to Virginia, so they are out with a Florida State victory. Virginia and Georgia Tech face off against one another on Friday, and I fully expect Virginia to win that one.
Clemson and Georgia Tech will play on Saturday, and given the fact that Clemson has won two out of three games during the regular season, I expect them to win again.
Provided Florida State wins against both Clemson and Virginia and provided Georgia Tech loses their next two games, the Seminoles will head to the championship round to face Pool B's winner.
While they can't determine how Georgia Tech will fare, the Seminoles can make sure to fix the issues that led to their opening game loss.
Here's how they will do it.
No More Jake Davies
The Seminoles outscored their opponents 380-230 during the regular season, according to Seminoles.com. That's a clear indication that they have both excellent pitchers and hitters who are used to performing at a high level.
The difference in their first game against Georgia Tech was Davies's two, two-run home runs. The guy was hot, and there isn't really anything else you can say about their opening game loss.
Better Early-Game Offense
Florida State was unable to score in their first contest until the bottom of the fifth inning.
That goes against their modus operandi, though, as they are usually a fast-starting team who scored 241 of their 380 runs in the fifth-inning or earlier during the regular season.
They will likely revert back to their normal routine of scoring early and often for the rest of the tournament.
They Won't Leave Nine Men on Base Again
The Seminoles uncharacteristically left nine men on base against Georgia Tech. They will do a better job of driving those runners home in the upcoming contests.
They will score more runs, stop their opposition from scoring and go on to win their next two games on their way to an inevitable championship match-up with North Carolina.