Florida State Pulls Out 13-11 Win
Baseball beats North Carolina at ACC Tournament.
May 16, 1998
DURHAM, N.C. — Florida State pulled out a 13-11 win over North Carolina in 10 innings with the help three basehits and two Tar Heel errors in the final inning of the tonight’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game.
Florida State will face North Carolina State tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., in the semifinals of the tournament.
The Seminoles (48-16) belted a season-high 22 hits, including a career-high five basehits by rightfielder Matt Diaz. Catcher Jeremy Salazar also ripped three hits and drove in two runs and second baseman Brooks Badeaux knocked in two runs on three hits.
Left-hander Mike DiBlasi (2-1) shut down the Tar Heels for the final three innings as he struck out four batters to earn the win in relief. DiBlasi did not give up a hit and walked two in the outing.
North Carolina reliever Derrick DePriest (4-3) gave up five runs on nine hits in four innings of relief in the loss. DePriest struck out two batters in the game.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a two-run double by rightfielder Matt Diaz and an RBI-basehit by first baseman Kevin Cash in the first inning.
North Carolina (39-20) tied the game at 3-3 on a three-run double off the left field wall by rightfielder Richie Grimsley.
Florida State regained the lead in the third inning on a solo home run by centerfielder Brian Cox. FSU scored three more runs in the frame sparked by an RBI-triple by Cash and RBI-single by shortstop Brett Groves to give the Seminoles a 7-4 advantage.
Five walks, a hit batter and an error by Groves allowed the Tar Heels to score six runs in the fourth inning and take a 9-7 lead. McDonald hit a batter and then walked three straight before he was relieved by left-hander Chris Ginn. Ginn walked his only batter, forcing in a run. Right-hander Scott Proctor entered the game and gave up a two-run single to centerfielder Jarrett Shearin, but then proceeded to strike out six batters over the next 3 2/3 innings.
UNC catcher Dan Moylan belted a two-run home run in the fifth inning as the Tar Heels added two runs making the score 11-7.
The Seminoles started the seventh inning with four consecutive hits, including a two-run home run by catcher Jeremy Salazar. Pinch-hitter Jeremiah Klosterman contributed an RBI-single and second baseman Brooks Badeaux drove in the tying run with a basehit to leftfield.
Right-hander Jon McDonald (9-4) gave up seven runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. McDonald struck out three batters and walked four in his shortest start of the season.
Left-hander Mike Bynum surrendered eight runs on 13 runs in six-plus innings of a no-decision. Bynum struck out eight batters and walked two in the outing.
FSU 304 000 400 2 13 22 2 UNC 300 620 000 0 11 6 2
E-Groves 2, Shearin, Grimsley. DP-FSU 1, UNC 2. LOB-FSU 8, UNC 6. 2B-Badeaux, M. Diaz, Jernigan, Grimsley. 3B-Cash. HR-Cox (13), Salazar (15), Moylan (9).