March 23, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, NC. – No. 1 Florida State (26-7. 2-3 ACC) lost their second straight game to North Carolina (14-8, 5-0 ACC) by a score of 7-1 as 1,485 fans looked on at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC. Right-hander Robby Read (5-1) took his first loss of the season allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and striking out three in five innings of work. Ryan Barthelemy kept his team best 15-game hitting streak alive with an RBI-double in the first inning.
The Seminoles scored their only run of the game when Mike Futrell drew a leadoff walk in the first and scored on a double by Barthelemy for a quick 1-0 lead. FSU really never seemed to get it going after that due to strong pitching from the Carolina staff.
The Tar Heels Chris Iannetta had an RBI single to tie the game 1-1 in the second inning and Carolina got three in the third for a 4-1 lead. Russ Adams doubled to the gap in right and scored on a Sean Farrell single, while Chris Maples added a two-run double for the three-run advantage.
Maples hit a two-run home run in the fifth, which pushed the score to 6-1. Maples, who had two homers in Carolina’s nine-run seventh inning on Friday, has hit five of his team-high nine home runs in the last five games and seven in the last eight games. Sean Farrell led off the seventh with a home run to left field to give UNC its final run of the game.
Maples moved to the mound from third base and pitched a scoreless ninth to close the game for Carolina. Maples walked two batters and allowed a single to load the bases, but he struck out Futrell to end the game.
The two teams will close out the series on Sunday. Sunday’s first pitch has been moved to 11:30 a.m. to accommodate Florida State’s travel plans. FSU Right-hander Blair Varnes (4-2, 3.48 ERA) is scheduled to start the final game of the series on Sunday.