Around the Bases
No. 2 FSU pounds out 19
hits in 13-5 win at
No. 3 UNC
By Phil Stanton
CARY, N.C. – How would they respond?
That was the question concerning second-ranked
Florida State after surrendering 11 runs in the bottom of the
eighth in an 11-4 loss at No. 3 North Carolina on Friday.
They responded in a big way. The Seminoles (19-4,
35-6) got solid starting pitching and pounded out 19 hits in a
13-5 win over the Tar Heels (17-5, 37-8) Saturday evening in
front of a season-high crowd of 4,133 at Cary’s USA Baseball
National Training Complex to even their ACC series at one game
“This group is a bunch of competitors,” said FSU
head coach Mike Martin. “They will fight you for 27 outs. This
was a big win for us. Now we’ve got a chance to go home with a
smile on our face. That’s our goal.”
Senior first baseman Dennis Guinn led the offense
for the Seminoles, going 4 for 5 with three doubles, two runs
and three RBI.
“Compared to last night, it was a big night for
us hitters and pitchers, too.” Guinn said. “We were seeing the
ball. We hit it to all fields tonight, that was the big key.
When the runners got on base, we scored them. That gave us the
momentum at the beginning of the game.”
The Seminoles had a two-out rally in the first as
Buster Posey singled to right, moved to second on a walk to Jack
Rye and scored on a double to right by Guinn. Rye was gunned
down at the plate, giving FSU a 1-0 lead.
The Tar Heels threatened in the second as Tim
Federowicz hit a one-out double and Mark Fleury walked on four
pitches. Tyler Holt made a running catch in deep left center on
a drive by Seth Williams and was able to double-up Fleury at
first, who was well beyond second when the ball was caught.
FSU added five in the third. Holt hit a leadoff
homer, his third. Jason Stidham had a base hit to left, moved to
third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a groundout by
Posey. A single by Rye and a double by Guinn chased starter Adam
Warren. Reliever Colin Bates fanned Tony Delmonico for the
second out, but dropped the ball while on the rubber prior to
his first pitch to Tommy Oravetz. A balk was called, bringing in
Rye from third. Oravetz followed with a single to left, scoring
Guinn. With Oravetz on the move, Mike McGee hit a grounder to
short. Instead of being able to take the short way to second,
the throw to first pulled the first baseman off the bag. Stephen
Cardullo had an RBI single to left to push the lead to 6-0.
UNC finally broke through in the bottom of the
third as Garrett Gore had an infield single to short, moved to
second on a base hit by Ackley, advanced to third on a double
play and scored on a single by Tim Fedroff.
FSU put three more on the board in the sixth,
keyed by an RBI single by Stidham and a run-scoring double by
Kyle Seager tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly
by Seth Williams in the sixth to make it 9-2. The first three
Tar Heels reached and scored in the seventh as UNC narrowed the
gap to 9-5. FSU put it away with four in the eighth, capped by a
two-run single by McGee.
Ackley finished with three hits for the Tar
Freshman right-hander Geoff Parker (4-1) earned
the win for the Seminoles, going 5.1 innings with seven hits,
two earned runs, three walks and one strikeout.
When asked about the mood of the team prior to
the game, Guinn said “We were just the same as any other day. We
knew what we had to do. We knew when we got off that bus that we
had to step on this field and prove a point. And we did. 19 hits
in any game against anybody, especially somebody like North
Carolina, that’s huge for us.”
Martin saw his veterans step up.
“I think the leadership really surfaced,” Martin
said. “When you’ve got Posey, Guinn, Rye, those three guys have
been in the program. Two of them are seniors. They’ve been
around the program for a long time and they know how difficult
it is to win on the road. And now you’re playing a team that
played for the national championship the last two years and
they’re good. It was a challenge, believe me. We never took
anything for granted.”
Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Notes – There was a 34-minute delay for lighting
in the area. Play was halted at 8:07 p.m. in the top of the
seventh and resumed at 8:41 p.m.