May 14, 2000
Chapel Hill, NC –
No. 4 Florida State (43-13, 15-9 ACC) won its final game
of the regular season, defeating No. 12 North Carolina (43-13, 12-12 ACC)
4-2 as 1,760 fans at Boshamer Stadium. With the win, FSU locked up third in
the conference standings and the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament. The
Seminoles will face N.C. State, the No. 6 seed, in the first round on
Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
UNC got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second inning.
Russ Adams singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a
ground ball by Ryan Mathews.
The visiting Seminoles scored three in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1
lead. John-Ford Griffin was hit by a pitch and Marshall McDougall singled
before Ryan Barthelemy moved them over to second and third with a sacrifice
bunt. Griffin scored on Karl Jernigan’s RBI-grounder to shortstop and
McDougall came home on Chris Smith’s two-out single to right. Smith scored
the third run of the inning, advancing to second on Mike Futrell’s walk and
scoring on Pichi Balet’s single to right.
The Tar Heels cut FSU’s lead to one in the bottom of the inning. Jay
Medeira singled, took third on a stolen base and Blair McCaleb’s throwing
error, and scored on Mathews’ ground ball to third base.
FSU added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to make it 4-2. Brett
Groves singled and Griffin followed with a walk. After taking third on
McDougall’s fly to center, Groves scored on a wild pitch.
Jon McDonald improved to 10-3 with the win, allowing two earned runs in 5.1
innings pitched. McDonald gave up four hits, struck out six and walked
three on the day.
Freshman Matt Lynch picked up his first career save, pitching three
scoreless innings to close out the game.
UNC’s Eric Henderson dropped to 6-5 with the loss. Henderson gave up three
earned runs on six hits, struck out five and walked three.
The Seminoles will travel to Charlotte Monday by bus for the ACC Tournament.
The 16 NCAA first-round Regional sites will be announced during a 3:00 p.m.
conference call on Monday.
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