April 26, 2008
Cary, N.C. – Second-ranked Florida State (35-6, 19-4 ACC) bounced back after Friday night’s hiccup in the eighth inning to post a 13-5 victory over third-ranked North Carolina (37-8, 17-5 ACC) in front of a season-best crowd of 4,133 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex Saturday night. After registering a season low four hits the night before, the Seminoles pounded out 19 hits in game two snapping the Tar Heels 12-game win streak.
Every Seminole in the starting line-up registered a hit as senior Dennis Guinn led the way tying a career-high with four hits. He smashed a trio of doubles in game two as Guinn was the first Seminole to hit three doubles this season and the first since Tony Thomas, Jr. collected three against Siena back on March 4, 2007. Jack Rye reached base on all six plate appearances going 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored.
The 13 runs scored by Florida State marked just the fourth time this season that North Carolina has allowed double-digit runs, while it was the most hits allowed by a Tar Heel pitching staff that leads the nation in ERA and hit allowed per nine innings.
Geoff Parker moved to 4-1 on the year as the freshman right hander threw 5.1 innings allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out one. Senior Ryan Strauss pitched the final 2.1 innings to pick up his fourth save of the season. Strauss did not give up a run while allowing just one hit. He struck out two and walked one. The Seminoles are a perfect 10-for-10 in save situations in 2008.
UNC starting pitcher Adam Warren (6-1) suffered the loss in game two, the first of his career. The junior right hander entered tonight’s game with a perfect 19-0 record in 24 career starts and 39 total appearances. Warren went 2.1 innings in game two giving up five runs on seven hits.
Florida State was the first to strike in game two with a run in the top of the first. The Seminoles put runners at first and second with two outs on a single and a walk by Buster Posey and Rye, respectively. Guinn stepped in and drilled a double down the right field line plating Posey to take an early 1-0 lead. Rye tried to score from first but was thrown out at the plate on a perfect relay throw from second baseman Kyle Seager to catcher Tim Federowicz.
The Tar Heels threatened in the bottom of the second as Federowicz laced a double to the gap in left center followed by a one-out walk to Mark Fleury. Seth Williams unloaded on a 1-1 offering from Parker sending the ball to the gap in left center but Tyler Holt got a good jump on the ball and made an outstanding over the shoulder grab to get the out. Fleury had passed second on the play and had to hurry back to first. Holt relayed to cut off man Tony Delmonico who threw on to Guinn at first for an inning ending double play.
As it happens so often in baseball, make a nice play in the outfield and you’re often rewarded at the plate. And so was the case for Holt as the freshman center fielder led off the top of the third with a solo home run over the wall in left center. It was his third round tripper of the season while the home run extended his streak of reaching base to all 41 games. The round tripper was first home run given up by a UNC pitcher in the last 15 games.
The Seminoles went on to score four more runs in the inning on five hits to push their lead to 6-0. Stidham followed the Holt home run with a single to left and moved around to third on an errant throw by Warren on a failed pickoff attempt at first. Posey drove in Stidham on an RBI groundout to first. A single by Rye and another double by Guinn ended the evening for Warren after just 2.1 innings, his second shortest outing of his career.
Colin Bates entered out of the bullpen and was called for a balk as he dropped the ball after coming set on the mound. Rye was forced home on the play to make the score 4-0. Following a strikeout of Delmonico for out number two, Tommy Oravetz hit an RBI single to left center scoring Guinn. After a throwing error at short kept the inning alive for the Seminoles, Cardullo capped off the five-run third with a single through the left side scoring Oravetz.
North Carolina got a run back in the third on a two-out RBI single by Tim Federoff. Garrett Gore started the inning with an infield single and moved up a base on single to center by Dustin Ackley. The Seminoles quickly registered a pair of outs on a groundball double play by Kyle Shelton. With two outs, Federoff hit a come backer up the middle to score Gore to cut FSU’s lead to 6-1.
FSU struck back with three runs in the top of the sixth to increase the Seminole lead to 9-1. Cardullo picked up his second hit of the game on a single up the middle and scored on an RBI hit through the right side by Stidham. The Garnet and Gold would plate two more runs on two outs courtesy of the third Tar Heel error of the game. Rye reached on a throwing error by Gore at short allowing Stidham to score from third. Guinn kept the inning alive doubling to the wall in center bringing home Rye for the ninth Seminole run of the game
The Tar Heels countered with a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Seminole lead to 9-2. Kyle Seager tripled to the deepest part of the park and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Seth Williams. The damage could have been worse as UNC loaded the bases with one out on Parker. Head coach Mike Martin went to bullpen and called on Jimmy Marshall for the final two outs of the inning. The sophomore right hander induced the fly out by Williams and a groundout by Gore to end the inning.
After a 34 minute lightning delay, North Carolina added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Seminole lead to 9-5. The first three batters to come to the plate reached on consecutive hits by Dustin Ackley, an RBI double by Shelton and a single through the right side by Federoff. Marshall drained some of the Tar Heel momentum with a strikeout of Chad Flack but UNC would load the bases on a walk to Seager. A fielder’s choice groundout by Federowicz provided the second out of the inning but it also brought home Shelton for run number two.
The Seminoles went to the bullpen for the second time on Saturday evening bringing on Ryan Strauss. The senior right hander gave up an RBI single to Mark Fleury but settled down to get Williams on a groundout to second to close out the inning.
The Seminoles countered with four more runs in the eighth to push their lead to 13-5. The inning began with four consecutive singles off the bat of Posey, Rye, Guinn and Delmonico. Guinn and Delmonico each drove in a run on their hits, while Mike McGee hit a bloop single to left center with the Tar Heel infield playing in scoring Guinn and Delmonico for an eight-run lead.
Florida State and North Carolina will return to the diamond for the third and final game of the series on Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as ACC Select and gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM with Tom Block providing all the play-by-play action.