March 29, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 23 North Carolina (19-8, 3-2 ACC) used a five-run fourth inning to defeat No. 3 Florida State (27-5, 5-3 ACC) by a final of 8-4 in front of 4,023 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Saturday night. The loss was FSU’s first of the 2003 season at home and it also ended a 30-game ACC winning streak at Dick Howser Stadium. Greg Mangum and Chad Prosser had three hits apiece to lead the Tar Heels. The Seminoles left 15 runners on base and hit into three double plays.
North Carolina got all the scoring they would need with five runs on six hits in the top of the fourth inning. Chris Iannetta and Mell Adams had run-scoring doubles, while Justin Webb, Greg Mangum and Chris Prosser each had RBI-singles to give UNC a 5-0 lead.
The Seminoles cut the Tar Heel lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on Daniel Wardell’s RBI-groundout. Aaron Cheesman singled to right center and moved to second when Blake Balkcom drew a walk. Cheesman moved to third on a groundout and Wardell followed with a groundout to third to plate Cheesman for Florida State’s first run of the game.
FSU would add single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to cut UNC’s lead to 5-3. Balkcom hit a solo homer in the sixth and was hit by a pitch in the eighth with the bases loaded to pick up RBI number two on the day.
North Carolina added three insurance runs (all unearned) in the top of the eighth with the help of two Seminole errors. Mangum had a two-run double down the left field line and Prosser made it 8-3 with a double to right.
FSU mounted a late rally in the ninth, but fell short. The Seminoles loaded the bases with one out and got a sacrifice fly from Derrick Smith to make it 8-4. After Matt Sauls drew a two-out walk to reload the bases, Stephen Drew flew out to deep center at the edge of the warning track to end the game.
UNC lefty Daniel Moore (4-0) got the win, allowing two runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Whitley Benson earned his second save of the season after retiring Drew in the bottom of the ninth.
The Seminoles and Tar Heels will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. FSU LHP Daniel Davidson (3-0, 0.70 ERA) is scheduled to face UNC LHP Adam Kalkhof (4-0, 3.95 ERA).