FSU finishes off UNC for the ACC title.
Put another banner up at Florida State University as Florida State defeates North Carolina on Sunday to win the ACC Tournament Championship in Lousiville.
Thanks to Dew Mendonza’s two home runs, including a 3 Run Shot in the 8th inning and 6 shut out innings from the bullpen, FSU has anotehr title.
The Seminoles (39-20) fell behind 3-0 early before rallying with a five-run eighth. Taylor Walls scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, and Cal Raleigh followed with an RBI single in the eighth to put FSU ahead 4-3. That set up Mendoza’s three-run homer, which gave the Seminoles a comfortable cushion.
FSU has won six straight games. The Seminoles claimed the ACC Tournament title for a seventh time. Was it enough of a late push to secure a regional host? They will find out later Sunday night when the 16 host sites are announced.
UNC (47-12) had won a three-game series in Tallahassee in April but couldn’t finish off FSU on Sunday. Closer Josh Hiatt was effective early with a change-up, but he gave up six runs in 2.1 innings.
Andrew Karp, Drew Parrish, Alec Byrd and Drew Carlton combined for 11 strikeouts. Parrish had five strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless innings, Byrd (3-2) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Carlton tossed two shutout innings to finish off the game.
The Seminoles had chances early but struggled to produce runs.
FSU loaded the bases with one out in the third, chasing UNC starter Tyler Baum. But FSU scored just a run on Dylan Busby’s fielder’s choice, cutting the UNC lead to 3-1.
UNC threatened to score in the fourth, and Mike Martin pulled Karp. Parrish inherited a 2-0 count and issued a quick walk, loading the bases, but then recorded three strikeouts to get out of the inning without allowing a run.
FSU gave up just nine runs in four ACC Tournament games.
The 16 regional host sites will be announced by the NCAA Selection Committee on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The complete field of 64 will be released on Monday at noon on ESPN2.