WARNER ROBINS - Florida (Viera Suntree) defeated Virginia (SYA East) 4-0 in a Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament pool play game on Sunday.
Three Florida pitchers combined to no-hit a Virginia team that rang up 18 hits against Tennessee on Saturday.
Florida has locked up the top seed in Pool A and will play in the semifinals Wednesday at 5 p.m. against the No. 2 team from Pool B. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
In the bottom of the third, Florida's Vincent Benvenuto ripped a single to right field, scoring Hayden Kingston for a 1-0 lead. Sebastian Samuels followed with a three-run home run to center field for a 4-0 lead.
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With two outs in the top of the fourth, Florida pitcher Michael Pineda, who had held Virginia hitless, was replaced by Anthony Castagnaro. Pineda's pitch count had reached 50, and going on would have made him unavailable if Florida were to reach the semifinals on Wednesday. Throwing between 36 and 50 pitches requires two days of rest, while 51 to 65 requires three days of rest.
Castagnaro continued Pineda's start, holding Virginia hitless for the remainder of the fourth and again in the top of the fifth. Sebastian Samuels came on to pitch in the top of the sixth, striking out three of the four batters he faced to preserve the no-hitter.
The game was scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., but started more than 50 minutes late because the previous game ran long.
On Monday, Florida (2-0) plays Tennessee (0-1) at 10 a.m. and Virginia (1-1) plays West Virginia (0-1) at 4 p.m.
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