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Florida State Eliminates North Carolina With 4-1 Decision

May 19, 2000


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2000 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
FORT MILL, SC
QUARTERFINAL ROUND

#3 Florida State 4, #5 North Carolina 1

FORT MILL, S.C. – Florida State scored runs in both the fourth and seventh innings to beat North Carolina 4-1 in an elimination game at the ACC Tournament at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C.

Marshall McDougall tripled to right-centerfield in the fourth inning to knock in Blair McCaleb and John-Ford Griffin and open up a string of four scoreless innings. McCaleb had reached on a single to right field and then Griffin doubled after a strikeout by right fielder Chris Smith.

The Tar Heels threatened in the bottom of the sixth. After a ground out and a pop out to the second baseman, North Carolina designated hitter Russ Adams singled to center and then FSU starter Blair Varnes hit Matt McCay to put runners at first and second. Ryan Mathews pinch hit for Jay Madeira and then launched a shot to deep left field. Seminole left fielder Michael Futrell reached up to make a catch at the wall that prevented North Carolina from taking a 3-2 lead.

Florida State then extended its lead with two runs in the seventh. North Carolina starting pitcher Eric Henderson walked Smith to start the inning. After Griffin struck out and McDougall flied out to right, first baseman Ryan Barthelemy homered high off the rightfield sponsor board. The Seminoles took a 4-0 advantage.

North Carolina scored its only run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Adams had his third hit of the game to start the inning and then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Mathews, who nearly gave the Tar Heels the lead in the sixth inning, batted in Adams to pull within 4-1.

Florida State improved to 45-14 on the year while North Carolina dropped to 44-15 and was eliminated. Varnes improved to 9-2 on the year, while Henderson fell to 6-6. Daniel Hodges pitched 1.1 innings to get his third save of the season.

The Seminoles advance to Saturday’s semifinal game. Their opponent will be decided following Friday night’s Clemson vs. Georgia Tech game.

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