DICK HOWSER STADIUM
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Florida State took the series with North Carolina on Sunday by a score of 2-1 in front of 2,353 chilly fans. Even though the Seminoles played with a full contingent, with Jerrod Brown and Tony McQuade, the bats could only muster two runs on seven hits against the Tar Heels. Stephen Drew was the only Seminoles with multiple hits, though Matt Sauls had a triple and Eddy Martinez-Esteve had a double.
The pitching was excellent all game long, as Daniel Davidson (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the season, throwing 6.1 innings, giving up only one run on six hits while only walking one batter and striking out six. Rhett James pitched one inning of relief, and Daniel Hodges earned his seventh save of the season with the final 1.2 innings of the game.
Once again, the Noles had two runners on in the first inning with no outs, but McQuade struck out, Tony Richie popped up, and Brown struck out to strand them.
FSU was able to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Chris Hart walked and scored when Sauls tripled to right.
The Tar Heels tied it up in the top of the fifth inning when designated hitter Sammy Hewitt homered over the screen in right to make a 1-1 game.
An inning later, Florida State scored the final run of the game when Brown singled to right, stole second, and scored on a single up the middle by Derrick Smith.
FSU improved to 28-5 on the season and 6-3 in conference play, while Carolina fell to 19-9 and 3-3 in the ACC. The Noles have the week off before hosting Wake Forest next weekend in a three-game series. Game times are 7, 7, and 12:30.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Daniel Davidson (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K)