May 17, 2000
2000 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
MAY 17, 2000 – FORT MILL, SC
#3 FLORIDA STATE 8, #6 NC STATE 6
FORT MILL, S.C. – Chris Smith hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead third seeded Florida State to a come from behind victory over sixth seeded NC State, 8-6, in the first round of the ACC Baseball Tournament on Wednesday night.
NC State (30-27) struck first in the first as Jason Smith scored on a wild pitch by Seminole starting pitcher Matt Lynch. Smith singled with one down and then moved to second on an error and over to third on another base hit. Lynch hit a batter and walked another to load the bases. He avoided any further damage by striking out Adam Ennis.
The Wolfpack plated four runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 5-0. Jamey Shearin led off the inning with a home run to right field, his second of the season. Following a pair of singles and a one-out walk, Ennis scored the second run of the inning on a sacrifice bunt by Smith. A sacrifice fly by Brian Wright and a single by Dan Mooney drove in NCSU’s final two runs of the frame. Smith and Wright both finished with multiple hit nights as Smith also drove in a pair of runs.
Florida State (44-13) answered with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the fifth. The first two batters of the inning reached safely and then John Ford-Griffin and Marshall McDougal hit back-to-back doubles to trim the lead to 5-3, two runs scoring on McDougal’s base knock. He also came around to score on a two-out single by Karl Jernigan. Griffin finished 2-for-5 with a RBI and run scored.
The Seminoles tied the game with a run in sixth, but fell behind once again in the eighth as Josh Schmidt drew a one-out walk and scored on a single to center by Smith.
Mike DiBlasi (2-0) earned the victory tossing 1.2 innings, striking out six batters.
Josh Miller (5-1) was saddled with his first loss of the year, allowing three runs in three innings of relief work.
FSU advances to face Clemson in the second round tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m., while NC State will challenge Virginia in an elimination game beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.