The North Carolina baseball team couldn’t get anything going on offense and fell to Florida State 7-0 Friday night in front of a near sell-out crowd at Boshamer Stadium.
With the loss, the Tar Heels dropped to 29-20 overall and 13-12 in the ACC while the Seminoles improved to 38-11 overall and 18-7 in conference play. The FSU-UNC head-to-head record in Chapel Hill is now locked up at 16-16.
The three runs given up by Carolina ace Trent Thornton came off a wild pitch that scored two and a bloop single.
Michael Russell saw his 19-game hitting streak come to an end on a rough night for the Tar Heels.
Thornton started off strong, striking out his first batter faced. Florida State was unable to score DJ Stewart, who ripped a double to the warning track.
Skye Bolt and Landon Lassiter went to work in the bottom of the first, each singling with powerful drives. But FSU pitcher Luke Weaver put an end to the Tar Heel scoring threat with a strikeout of Tom Zengel.
In the second inning, a wild pitch allowed two FSU base runners to score, giving the Seminoles the 2-0 lead.
A lack of hustle on the wild pitch likely cost Korey Dunbar his spot at catcher as Head Coach Mike Fox replaced him with Adrian Chacon.
In the third, Lassiter got on board first base with a sharply hit ball up the middle. But Lassiter was stranded when Michael Russell failed to produce at the plate for the third out.
The fourth inning was a mixed bag for Thornton. A pair of strikeouts bookended a wild pitch that hit a batter. The Seminoles cashed in with a run when Justin Gonzalez striped one out to left field to give the visiting team the 3-0 advantage.
Thornton was made to work in the fifth as well, but battled through to prevent another possible score for the Seminoles with men on first and second base.
Spencer Trayner replaced Thornton on the mound for the Tar Heels in the sixth inning and fared nicely, frustrating the Seminole batters with some crafty throws.
But it was the Carolina offense that was especially stymied by Weaver and the Florida State defense.
Stewart scored two more insurance runs for the Seminoles in the top of the seventh with a powerful lashing deep to center field that gave Florida State a 5-0 lead. The deficit proved too much for Carolina to handle.
Game two of the series begins at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chapel Hill.