May 23, 2003
Salem, Va. – No. 1 Florida State (48-9-1) lost a 10-inning to contest to North Carolina (39-19) by a final score of 3-2 in the second round of the ACC Tournament Friday. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Chad Prosser singled and moved to second on a Jeremy Cleveland base hit, before scoring on Sean Farrell’s game-winning single through the left to side. FSU catcher Tony Richie led the Seminoles offensively with three hits while also throwing out a pair of UNC runners and picking off another.
The Seminoles got on the board first to take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Aaron Cheesman’s suicide squeeze scored Jerrod Brown, who led off the inning with a single up the middle.
UNC tied the game at one in the bottom of the second. Farrell led off the inning with a bunt single and scored on Chris Iannetta’s RBI double.
Freshman Danny Wardell, getting the start in the outfield with Matt Sauls out with an injury, hit a solo home run in top of the fifth to give FSU a 2-1 lead. Wardell, who entered the ACC Tournament with two homers on the season, has now doubled that total after homering against Duke in the opening round game as well.
The Tar Heels once again tied it up with a run in the sixth inning as Farrell doubled and scored on single by Sammy Hewitt.
After back-to-back singles by Prosser and Cleveland in the 10th, Richie picked off Cleveland from first for the first out of the inning. Farrell’s single through the left side came on a 1-2 pitch from reliever Rhett James (0-3), who took the loss.
Seminole starter Trent Peterson (10-1) pitched well in the no-decision, allowing just two runs on six hits in eight innings. Peterson struck out nine and walked two.
UNC’s Whitley Benson (3-2) earned the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. Benson allowed just one hit. Benson entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth and got Chris Hart to pop up and Cheesman to ground out to keep the game tied at two. Starter Adam Kalkhof held FSU to two runs on eight hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking one.
Florida State will face take on Virginia Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in an elimination game. A complete bracket with updated game times and results is available at theacc.com.