UNC gets past No. 4 Florida State

May. 11, 2014 @ 10:10 PM

With the score knotted in the seventh and North Carolina's postseason aspirations looking iffy with No. 4 Florida State on the verge of sweeping the Tar Heels, UNC senior first baseman Parks Jordan stepped to the plate and summoned some gritty resolve to avoid that calamity by scoring the winning run in a 5-4 game.

No, it wasn’t a homer. Or an extra-bases rocket. Not even a flare single.

“I got jammed on a pitch and kind of blooped it to short and ended up beating it out” and getting on base, Jordan said.

Jordan reached second on a punch single to center by sophomore third-baseman Landon Lassiter, advanced to third on a fly out by center-fielder Skye Bolt and crossed the plate after freshman right-fielder Tyler Ramirez lashed an RBI single to right.

“It is a big deal. It’s a Sunday game and you want to bounce back after two losses and prove yourself,” Jordan said. “It’s only one game, but at the same time it still means a lot for our team going forward” in the last four regular-season games and an invitation to the ACC Tournament still not guaranteed.

Jordan was 2-3 with an RBI to go along with his run scored during a senior day on which he got his degree.

“To a certain extent, it means a lot to me. It is my last home game,” Jordan said.

“If you could script it out, that’s how you’d script it out on senior day,” UNC coach Mike Fox said. “You want the senior to get up there and be the hero.”

Getting that winning run was a dicey proposition. The Tar Heels had two outs, and Ramirez was batting with a full count. He twice fouled potential inning-ending pitches before finally delivering.

Fox called it “a huge win for us, a game we had to win. When you get swept this time of the year and put yourself in a situation where it’s going to get harder to get to .500 in the league, some of your goals aren’t necessarily reachable.”

UNC starting pitcher Zac Gallen was the key to “maybe the most important game of our season” and was vital with his ability to get out of a two-on, one-out, first-inning jam with a double play, Fox said.

“Once he got out of that, pitching into the fifth was huge. If we’d have had to go to Reilly [Hovis] any earlier he wouldn’t have been in there in the ninth inning, probably wouldn’t have had enough gas in the tank to finish like he did,” Fox said.

Gallen, a freshman, left the game with a 4-1 lead, but Hovis got the win after the Seminoles tied the game in the sixth.

Hovis struck out eight of the 18 batters he faced and walked only one.

“We’ve proven we can play with the top teams in the country,” Jordan said, and that should bode well heading to No. 5 Miami for a three-game series starting Thursday. But "we can’t look past Gardner-Webb” on Tuesday because every win is crucial now, he said.

 

NORTH CAROLINA 5, No. 4 FLORIDA STATE 4

Florida State |000 |031 |000 — |4 |7 |1
North Carolina |120 |100 |10X — |5 |7 |1

Florida State ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Josh Delph rf 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .279
Casey Smit dh 2 0 1 0 2 0 6 0 0 .317
DJ Stewart lf 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 .353
John Nogowski 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 .315
Gage Smith p 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .000
Ladson Montgomery ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .381
Jameis Winston p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .132
Jose Brizuela 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .317
Hank Truluck 3b 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 .294
Brett Knief cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .276
John Sansone 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 5 0 .231
Justin Gonzalez ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 .250
Danny De La Calle c 4 1 2 1 0 1 5 2 1 .233
Dylan Silva p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 -
Peter Miller p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Billy Strode p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Totals 32 4 7 2 3 9 24 15 5

North Carolina ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Michael Russell ss 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 4 1 .344
Parks Jordan 1b 3 1 2 1 0 0 5 0 0 .285
Landon Lassiter 3b 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 .284
Skye Bolt cf 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .229
Tyler Ramirez rf 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 .285
Alex Raburn 2b 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 .211
Tom Zengel dh 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .267
Adam Pate lf 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .213
Joe Dudek ph 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .208
Korey Dunbar c 3 0 1 1 0 1 9 0 0 .234
Zac Gallen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Reilly Hovis p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 -
Totals 27 5 7 5 7 5 27 6 7

E - Silva, D.(1); Lassiter, L(14). DP - FS 1; UNC 2. LOB - FS 5; UNC 7. 2B - Zengel, T(11). HBP - Truluck, H..
SH - Jordan, P(4); Dunbar, K(5). SB - Truluck, H.(2). CS - Russell, M(4).
Florida State ip h r er bb so ab bf np era
Dylan Silva 1.2 2 3 2 2 2 6 9 31 2.91
Peter Miller 1.0 0 0 0 3 1 3 6 24 4.17
Billy Strode 1.1 1 1 1 2 0 3 6 21 3.46
Gage Smith 3.0 3 1 1 0 2 12 12 41 2.18
Jameis Winston 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 15 1.33
North Carolina ip h r er bb so ab bf np era
Zac Gallen 4.2 4 3 3 2 1 16 18 90 4.52
Reilly Hovis 4.1 3 1 1 1 8 16 18 82 1.76
Win - Hovis, R (7-1). Loss - Smith, G. (4-2). Save - None.
WP - Hovis, R 2(7). HBP - by Hovis, R (Truluck, H.). Inherited runners/scored: Miller, P. 1/0; Strode, B. 3/0;
Hovis, R 2/2. Pitches/strikes: Silva, D. 31/16; Miller, P. 24/7; Strode, B. 21/9; Smith, G. 41/28; Winston, J.
15/8; Gallen, Z 90/53; Hovis, R 82/48.
Umpires - HP: Scott Cline 1B: Jacob Asher 3B: Tony Maners