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Bailey, FSU shut down Florida 2-1

Florida State righthander Roger Bailey gave up just two hits and the Seminoles won a pitchers' battle with No. 3 Florida 2-1 at Perry Field Wednesday.

Seminoles coach Mike Martin called it a performance worthy of NCAA tournament play.

Bailey collected his third win of the season by tossing a complete game for the Seminoles, No. 5 in the Baseball America poll. Meanwhile, Mark Valdes (2-1) also pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and no walks for the Gators (8-2).

"It was a ball game that was probably as well-played as any that I can remember," Martin said. "It looked like two teams playing (NCAA) regionals."

Both teams struggled offensively. Florida State's seven hits were all singles. Florida coach Joe Arnold said Bailey's dominance was the difference for Florida State (7-1).

Arnold said Valdes made just one mistake during the game _ and it also was his critical one. In the top of the third inning, he gave up a single to Chris Roberts that brought in teammates Tony Liebsack and Link Jarrett.

Meanwhile, Bailey's most serious mistake was allowing Florida catcher Kevin Lewis to knock a solo homer over the leftfield fence.

"We had nothing going," Arnold said. "We didn't get anything. He was in command all night long." Bailey struck out 12.

Florida only had one other realistic chance of scoring in the two-hour and 23-minute game.

In the sixth, Bailey walked Dave Majeski, who advanced to second on a fielder's choice and then to third on a balk. But FSU's Ty Mueller ended the inning by catching Brent Killen's easy fly to centerfield.

"In three years, that's definitely my best outing," Bailey said. "It was good to get a win like this. It's not every day you're playing a team like Florida."