Noles Fall in Top Ten Battle

Ryan Syrkus

No. 8 Florida State (44-12) drops a close one at No. 2 North Carolina (48-8) to end the regular season.

In a game added late in the season to make up for various cancellations from both teams, the Seminoles were unable to complete a comeback as they visited the Tar Heels, falling 4-3.

Importance of the Game

This game will not mean much in the long run as both teams wrapped up their division heading into the ACC Tournament. It will ultimately just be an extra game for both teams to set up their pitching staff this weekend.

What to take Away from the Game

Neither team threw their ace in this game, but it was still a nice gage to see where each program is prior to the postseason. Florida State’s bullpen was great in this game and it appears this team is shaping up to make a long run in the postseason.

FSU 3 UNC 4

Peter Miller got the call for the Seminoles as they finished out the regular season and begin to look forward to the ACC Tournament. Miller got into some trouble during the fourth inning before he was pulled. Giving up a few singles and having an error from Jose Brizuela extended the inning as the Heels would score twice, brining the score to 3-1.

Bryant Holtmann would enter after Miller and have an impressive couple of innings, only allowing one base runner for UNC.

After tying the game in the sixth inning, Florida State had the opportunity to take their first lead in the following frame. John Sansone started the inning with a single and DJ Stewart would add a single of his own to give the Noles two on with one out. Both runners would advance after the Marcus Davis fly out to right. Stephen McGee would load the bases shortly after off a walk, but Jose Brizuela would end the inning with a fly out to center field, stranding all three runners on base.

In the following inning, Jameis Winton would give up what would be the game winning run. Winston suffered his first collegiate loss after going 2.2 innings, giving up three hits and striking out one.

MVP of the Game

Bryant Holtmann – Going against one of the top teams in the nation, Holtmann was able to hold UNC hitless. Granted, he only faced seven batters through two innings, but Holtmann, as well as the rest of the bullpen, have been very impressive down the stretch of the season.

Looking Ahead

Florida State enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will play Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Virginia in their pool. The Seminoles have already faced each of these teams earlier this year going a combined 3-6. FSU captured a series win over the Yellow Jackets, but fell to the Hokies and were swept by the Cavaliers.

Florida State’s first game of the tournament is Wednesday at 11 a.m. against Georgia Tech.

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