The fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (39-11, 19-7) took care of business for the second straight night, handing the North Carolina Tar Heels (29-21, 13-13) a 10-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon behind a tremendous outing from Mike Compton and the streaking Seminole offense.
FSU came into this game after clinching the ACC Atlantic just hours before in game one of the series Friday night. It’s encouraging to see that the ‘Noles did not let up Saturday afternoon, and, despite being down 2-1 at one point in the game, they never gave up on SP Mike Compton.
The offense got going with another HBP from the Tar Heel pitching staff; this time it was at Ben DeLuzio. The first run of the game came from a perfectly executed hit and run by DeLuzio and Justin Gonzalez that saw DeLuzio score from first. The ‘Noles carried a one-run lead into the bottom of the second and would hold it all the way until the fourth when UNC scored on a blooper to shallow left followed by an RBI single by UNC that gave the Tar Heels their first and only lead of the weekend thus far, 2-1.
Josh Delph started off the fifth with a walk, followed by yet another DJ Stewart double that set up an RBI double from John Nogowski. Jose Brizuela lined out to short, but that would not prevent an RBI single from DeLuzio from scoring Stewart. John Sansone also notched an RBI that scored Nogowski and made the FSU lead everything but touchable for the rest of the game.
Brizuela started the offense in the seventh with a double down the left-field line. DeLuzio dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt that set up a two-out double from Gonzalez, giving the ‘Noles a 5-2 lead. Danny De La Calle stepped up and hit a rocket past the third baseman that scored Gonzalez and tacked on yet another run for the Seminole offense.
Florida State’s offense began with another HBP, this time on Stewart, in the top of the eighth. A fielding error by UNC’s shortstop set up runners on the corners for the Seminoles, then a Brizuela walk gave the Seminoles a bases-loaded situation for DeLuzio. DeLuzio walked and Stewart scored, giving the Seminoles a 7-2 lead. The Tar Heels then committed two wild-pitch errors that brought home two more Seminoles followed by a Sansone RBI ground-out that gave FSU its final runs for the night and made the score 10-2.
Compton exited after the eighth, giving way to Gage Smith. Compton pitched another gem Saturday afternoon, going a solid eight innings with two earned runs and five Ks. Gage Smith worked a perfect ninth to improve Compton to 6-1 on the season.
The Seminoles will look to break out the brooms Sunday afternoon as the series concludes at 1 pm in Chapel Hill.