Philip Perry hadn't seen bats like Florida State all season. But then Florida State hadn't seen an arm like Perry's.
"That guy really held us down," said FSU coach Mike Martin, whose team was eliminated from the ACC tournament 10-3 by Georgia Tech. "I thought with him being a freshman and maybe a little anxious, we'd jump on him pretty good."
Instead, it was Perry _ "I was definitely a little nervous," he said _ who overcame the butterflies in his first ACC start, holding FSU to seven hits and three runs in seven innings.
When Perry had his problems, walking two straight batters to lead to the Seminoles' three-run rally, he quickly settled down and retired 16 of his final 20 outs.
The Yellow Jackets faced Clemson, a 12-5 winner over Virginia, late Saturday for the title. If Georgia Tech lost that game, it would play the Tigers in a championship final today.