Originally created 05/20/00

Seminoles win keeps hopes alive



FORT MILL, S.C. -- Blair Varnes held North Carolina to eight hits and Marshall McDougall had a two-run triple as Florida State began to work its way back through the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament loser's bracket with a 4-1 victory Friday.

The Seminoles (45-14) lost to Clemson -- for the fourth time this year -- on Thursday night, meaning their next loss will be their last. Varnes and McDougall made sure that didn't happen.

The sophomore right-hander allowed a North Carolina runner to third each inning from the second through the fifth, but got ground ball outs each time to end the threat. Varnes let two runners on in the sixth and the seventh innings and again the Tar Heels (44-15) couldn't cash in.

Pinch hitter Ryan Matthews flied out to left in the sixth and Dan Moylan grounded to short an inning later for North Carolina.

Varnes was taken out after Matthews singled home Russ Adams in the eighth inning for North Carolina's only run.

Daniel Hodges got the final four outs for the save, his third of the year.

Florida State, who the ACC said would face Georgia Tech in Saturday's semifinals, has reached the tournament semifinals all nine times since it joined the league in 1992.

The Tar Heels, who go home to await an NCAA tournament bid, stranded 10 runners.

McDougall helped the Seminoles scratch out just enough offense to stay alive. They had only three hits through four innings before Marshall McDougall's two-run triple put them ahead 2-0 in the fifth.

Florida State first baseman Larry Barthelemy hit a two-run homer, his 10th of the season, in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead.

North Carolina starter Eric Henderson (6-6), who lost to Florida State 4-2 this past Sunday, gave up only three hits to the Seminoles the first four innings. Henderson lost control in the fifth, with a single to Blair McCaleb and a double by John-Ford Griffin followed by McDougall's triple, and the Tar Heels could not recover.