May 22, 1999
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Florida State’s three trips to
Durham Bulls Athletic Park as the top seed in the Atlantic
Coast Conference tournament have been far from fruitful.
The regular-season champions arrived this time sporting a
record ACC regular-season mark of 22-2. They bowed out
of the double-elimination tourney Saturday without the
hardware after an 8-7 loss to Clemson – a team that won
its ninth straight one-run game.
It’s the first time since 1993 that the Seminoles (48-12)
won’t be in the ACC title game as the Tigers will take on
defending champion Wake Forest. Florida State also failed
to win the title here as the No. 1 seed last year and in
“At this point in the year you don’t dwell on any of the
negatives,” said Florida State coach Mike Martin. “We
started practicing in September for one reason – and that
starts on Monday (in the NCAA tournament). Sure, we’re
disappointed. I didn’t want to go home.”
The top-seeded Seminoles almost pulled out a win after
trailing 8-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. The
nation’s third-ranked team scored three runs, and added
two more in the ninth. The Seminoles had runners on first
and second with one out before Chris Heck struck out the
final two batters for his fifth save.
“I didn’t look at it as us dominating anybody this season,”
Florida State third baseman Kevin Cash said. “We had a
lot of close ball games. I don’t think anything changed. We
didn’t get it done, they outplayed us.”
Jason Harris, 0-for-10 in the tourney before Saturday,
banged out two doubles and drove in three runs for the No.
3 seeded Tigers (37-23), who haven’t won an ACC
baseball title since capturing consecutive crowns in
Matt Additon (6-4), a reliever most of the season and
Clemson’s No. 5 starter, worked 7 1-3 solid innings. He
allowed five runs and struck out five despite an
hour-and-a-half rain delay.
Meanwhile, Chris Chavez (6-5), one of the clutch pitchers
in the ACC tourney the last four years for the Seminoles,
struggled from the outset and gave up five runs in four
innings to suffer the loss.
“We’ve put ourselves in good position now,” Clemson
coach Jack Leggett said of the NCAA tournament. “There
were times during the course of the year where we were a
little bit frustrated, so yes, this is a good accomplishment
to get to this point.
“All we asked at the beginning was that we take care of
our own destiny. Now we know what we’re capable of
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
C Andrew Riepe Wake Forest 1B Matt Postell NC State 2B Brian Ward NC State 3B Khalil Greene Clemson SS Chase Voshell Wake Forest OF Patrick Boyd Clemson OF Scott Daeley Wake Forest OF Matt Price Wake Forest OF John-Ford Griffin Florida State U/DH Danny Borrell Wake Forest P Mike MacDougal Wake Forest P Scott Siemon Wake Forest P David Bush Wake Forest