The fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (38-11, 18-7) picked up an ACC Atlantic clinching win Friday vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels (29-20, 13-12) in what was a dominant outing from Luke Weaver and the Seminoles offense.
The FSU two-run second inning started out with a HBP to Jose Brizuela, followed by a Ben Deluzio base hit, John Sanson sacrifice fly, and concluded with a wild pitch that brought Brizuela home from third and Deluzio all the way from second, giving Florida State a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second. The ‘Noles came back out in the fourth and put another run on the board due to a HBP and stolen base for CF Ben Deluzio. Justin Gonzalez then connected on an RBI single that brought Deluzio home and gave the ‘Noles a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Danny De La Calle got the seventh going with a base hit and then recorded his first stolen base of the season. Josh Delph then flew out to center, but that was followed by a two-out walk for Casey Smit. DJ Stewart made his way to the plate and made yet another huge play for the Seminoles with a two-out RBI double that plated Smit and De La Calle. The ‘Noles gave Weaver a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.
Weaver received his curtain call before the eighth inning, and Billy Stode came on in relief. Weaver’s final line was as impressive as ever (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, and 6 K’s), and that was more than enough to secure the Seminoles victory, but the offense was not done just yet.
The two-run ninth started when Brett Knief received a pinch-hit walk, followed by a base hit from Smit. Stewart hit his third double of the night to score Knief and put the ‘Noles on top 6-0. An RBI ground-out from John Nogowski would conclude the Seminoles’ offensive flurry for the night and put them on top 7-0. The ‘Noles then shut down the Tar Heels in the bottom of the ninth and clinched their first shut-out over the UNC Tar Heels since 2001.
Florida State will continue this series in Chapel Hill on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 1pm when FSU right-hander Mike Compton (5-1, 3.16 ERA) will take the mound vs. UNC right-hander Benton Moss (3-2, 3.75 ERA).