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Quote:UNC 100 010 011  4  9  1
FSU 002 004 12X  9 15  4

W - Henry (7-2)  L - Miller (8-2)

FSU powers past the Tar Heels
by Drew Hankin

Despite falling into some of their old habits with a small country left on base, and defensive trouble at shortstop, the Florida State Seminoles powered past the North Carolina Tar Heels 9-4 at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday night. The Noles got homeruns from third baseman Ryne Malone, second baseman Tony Thomas Jr, and designated hitter Josh Spivey got into the act with his first round tripper at FSU. The Tribe bombed the heralded UNC pitching staff for fifteen hits, five of which went for extra bases.

Four Seminoles had multi-hit games, including a 4-4 night for first baseman Danny Wardell, and a 3-3 game by Malone.

Bryan Henry stepped up once again, pretty much completely shut down the Tar Heel offense in his seven innings. Henry gave up two runs, neither of which was earned, on five hits before giving way to Kevin Lynch in the eighth inning. With this appearance, Lynch is now tied with Daniel Hodges for the most pitching appearances in Garnet and Gold at 127.  Despite two strikeouts though, Lynch may want this outing back, as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk before being pulled with two outs.  Matt DiBlasi came in and got the final out of the inning.  Brian Chambers also had a short outing in the ninth inning, giving up one run on two hits before Barret Browning was called on to get the final two outs of the game.

The Heels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an unearned run thanks to the first of three errors on shortstop Ryne Jernigan.

After leaving five runners on base in the first two innings, FSU finally got on the board in the third frame when center fielder Shane Robinson singled, moved to second on a bunt single by Malone, and scored on an error by the Tar Heel second baseman. Catcher Aaron Cheesman then gave the Noles a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice bunt that brought home Malone.

Two innings later, UNC tied it up with another unearned run thanks to Jernigan's second error of the game.

With one out in the sixth inning, Thomas broke the 2-2 tie with a solo homerun to right that actually bounced off the very top of the screen.  After Robinson walked, Malone hit his fifth shot of the season that gave Florida State a 5-2 lead. Left fielder Gibbs Chapman then hit a double off of the top panel of the screen before Carolina finally removed starting pitcher Andrew Miller. After Chapman went to third on a wild pitch, he scored on a groundout to short by Cheesman that put FSU ahead 6-2.

An inning later, four consecutive walks by a couple of UNC pitchers gave the Noles their seventh run of the game. The Heels then got one of those runs back in the top of the eighth on first baseman Chad Flack's homerun off of Lynch.

Florida State answered back yet again in the bottom of the inning with a couple more runs when Wardell doubled down the left field line into the corner, and scored on a monstrous homerun blast by Spivey that gave the Noles a 9-3 lead.

North Carolina managed one last run in the top of the ninth off of Chambers, before Browning ended the game with a double play.

FSU has now won eight games in a row, and improved to 44-14 and 16-9 in the ACC. Carolina fell to 37-12 and 15-7-1 in conference play. Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm, live on Sun Sports TV.

Section B Online Player of the Game:
Bryan Henry (W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K)



Goooooooo Noles!!! 04-rock
Bryan Henry gets to make another "biggest start of his career" Friday night in the opener of this huge ACC series. He will square off against UNC ace Andrew Miller. Miller will be the most formidable foe Henry has faced in a start this year.

The Seminole hurler hasn't been intimidated by any challenge yet. When he was asked to start a mid-week game against a top five Florida team, Henry responded by pitching 7 1/3 innings and beating the Gators. He was then asked to make a weekend start versus No. 5 Miami and all he did was go eight innings and allow one run in another win. Then he faced the challenge of opening a key ACC series and making his first Friday night start versus Virginia. Once again he responded with a seven-plus inning outing and one run allowed in another win.

He has been named ACC Pitcher of the Week and National Pitcher of the Week over that stretch and he is now ranking among the best pitchers in the ACC and in the nation. Henry entered the week with the 13th-best ERA in America and the second-best ERA among ACC pitchers both in and out of conference games.

Way to go HENRY!!! 04-rock 04-rock 04-rock
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