March 26, 2004
Chapel Hill, N.C. – No. 12 Florida State (20-6, 3-1 ACC) suffered its first conference loss of the season by a final score of 10-4 at North Carolina (19-5, 3-1 ACC) on Friday night. The Tar Heels used a seven-run second inning to down the Seminoles. Eddy Martinez-Esteve went 3-for-4 with a home run to highlight FSU’s offense. Hunter Jones fell to 2-2 on the season after allowing seven runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings of work. Jones struck out two and didn’t walk a batter. The loss snapped Florida State’s nine game winning streak.
UNC broke the game open with seven runs on eight hits in the second inning. Marshall Hubbard singled to center and scored as Sammy Hewitt hit his fourth home run of the season. Ross Cook’s two-run single with the bases loaded gave the Tar Heels the 4-0 lead and Chris Iannetta’s three-run shot over the left field wall made the score 7-0.
The Tar Heel’s lead grew to 10-0 with three runs in the fourth. Cook singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch from DiCarlo Thompson before scoring on Hubbards RBI-single through the left side. With one out and the bases loaded, Justin Webb beat out a double-play ball to plate Iannetta and Jay Cox’s single to left scored Hubbard for the inning’s three runs.
Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s two-out solo home run in the eighth, his eighth of the season, finally put the Seminoles on the board by a score of 10-1.
The Seminoles added three more runs in the ninth for the final of 10-4. Shane Robinson reached on an error by third baseman Justin Webb with the bases loaded to score Brant Peacher who had singled to lead off the inning and moved to third after a pair of walks. Dennis Anderson’s two-run single plated Louis Rojas and Brandon Manasa for the final two runs.
Daniel Bard (4-0) picked up the win for North Carolina after working six scoreless innings. Bard only allowed three hits and struck out five with three walks.
Florida State and North Carolina will continue their three-game ACC series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Seminole right-hander Eddie Cannon (6-1, 2.12 ERA) will face Tar Heel right-hander Garry Bakker (2-1, 3.07 ERA).