Florida State dominated North Carolina from start to finish in the 8-4 victory Thursday night. The Seminoles improved to 2-0 in the ACC tournament and with this win have eliminated Clemson and North Carolina from contention.
Starter Mike Compton was extremely impressive going 5.2 innings and allowing just two runs on five hits. He retired the first 11 batters he faced and struck out 6 while walking none.
The Florida State offense got things started early with a Chris Marconcini single to right in the top of the first that scored Josh Delph. The Seminoles added two more in the second inning with a Danny De La Calle sacrifice fly and a John Sansone high off the wall in left to make it 3-0. Ben Deluzio would bring in another with an RBI double down the left field line in the third to push the Seminole lead to 4-0.
Florida State wouldn’t get anything going in the fourth and fifth innings, but did manage to plate another run in the sixth. Delph blooped a double just past the third baseman and scored DeLuzio from second.
North Carolina managed to get back on the board in the bottom half of the sixth. A triple by Tyler Ramirez led a string of four hits in five batters. Alex Raburn broke the Tar Heels through with a sacrifice fly to left scoring Ramirez. An RBI single by Korey Dunbar added a second run and ended Compton’s night. Dylan Silva would come in and get the strikeout to end the inning.
Florida State would blow the game back open in the eighth plating three runs. Marconcini walked with the bases loaded and DeLuzio came through again with a 2-RBI single to right. DeLuzio finished the day 3-4 with 3 RBIs, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases, and a walk.
The Tar Heels would make some noise in the ninth plating two runs on an RBI single by Brian Miller. Jim Voyles would get the next batter to end the game.
Florida State will play Louisville on Saturday at 11 AM to decide who advances to the ACC championship game. Freshman Drew Carlton will get the start for the Seminoles.