March 22, 2002
No. 1 Florida State (26-6, 2-2 ACC) dropped their second conference game of the season 11-7 to North Carolina (13-8, 4-0 ACC) on Friday afternoon at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC. Senior All-American Ryan Barthelemy extended his team best 14-game hitting streak, with a home run, in the loss. Junior left-hander Matt Lynch (5-0) allowed four runs (three earned), on five hits and only struck out one in six innings of work. The Florida State bullpen allowing seven more runs along with four Seminole errors proved to be too much to overcome to defeat the Tar Heels.
“It is very disappointing when you give up nine runs in the seventh inning,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “You have to give credit to UNC though for taking advantage of good at bats and capitalizing on out mistakes.”
The Tar Heels got one run in each of the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead courtesy of three Seminole errors in the first inning. Chris Ionnetta’s home run to left field in the bottom of the second added the second run for North Carolina.
Florida State finally got on the board in the top of the fourth when Barthelemy hit a solo shot to deep right field. This was Bartelemy’s eighth home run of the season.
The Seminoles added four runs in the fifth inning to take their first lead of the game. Jerrod Brown continued his hot streak with a two-RBI single to right field scoring Richie Smith and Scott Toole. After Barthelemy was walked to load the bases, Tony Richie hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Probst. Tony McQuade followed with his eighth double of the season to plate Brown and the Seminoles were up 5-2.
FSU added two more runs in the sixth to take a five run lead at 7-2. Richie Smith scored his second run of the game when Probst hit an RBI-single into right. Nick Rogers doubled down the left line to score Probst from second.
North Carolina put together a nine run seventh inning behind three home runs including a grand slam to make the final score of 11-7.
McQuade (2-for-5) and Brown (2-for-4) led the Seminoles with two hits apiece.
The two teams meet again Saturday in Chapel Hill with FSU RHP Robby Read (5-0, 3.45 ERA) scheduled to face North Carolina RHP Garry Bakker (1-1, 3.47 ERA). Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium. Sunday’s game is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. noon start.