DICK HOWSER STADIUM
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
It took ten innings, but the North Carolina Tarheels defeated the Florida State Seminoles, 3-2 on Friday evening in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Salem, Virginia. FSU Reliever Rhett James gave up a one-out single in the bottom of the tenth to leftfielder Sean Farrell that scored the winning run from second base.
James (0-3) took the loss and wasted an outstanding starting performance from Trent Peterson, who threw eight innings of six-hit, two run ball. Peterson walked only two batters, and struck out nine.
Florida State took their first lead of the game in the second inning when Jerrod Brown led off with a single to centerfield, moved to second on a single by Blake Balkcom, and to third when Chris Hart laid down a sacrifice bunt, before scoring on another bunt, this time by Aaron Cheesman. The Tarheels got that run right back in the bottom of the inning when Farrell reached on a bunt single and scored on a double by firstbaseman Chris Ianetta.
Three innings later, the Nole took another one-run lead on Danny Wardell's fourth homerun of the season.
The lead would only last an inning, as Carolina tied it up again in the bottom of the sixth when Farrell doubled and scored on a single by thirdbaseman Sammy Hewitt.
After scoreless innings for both teams in the seventh, eighth, and ninth frames which featured blown opportunities for both teams to score, Tarheel shortstop Chad Prosser led of the tenth inning with a single to left, moved to second on a single by Jeremy Cleveland, and eventually scored on Farrell's fourth hit of the ballgame, a single to left field.
Florida State's winning streak was snapped at nine games as the Noles fell to 48-9-1 on the season. North Carolina improved to 39-19 and moves on to play the winner of Friday night's Georgia Tech/NC State matchup. The Noles must now fight their way out of the loser's bracket with a game on Saturday morning at 10:00 am against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Trent Peterson (8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K)