GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Billy Strode threw six scoreless innings to help Florida State beat North Carolina 7-1 on Wednesday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Strode (2-1) allowed four hits for the second-seeded Seminoles (42-14), who blew the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Danny De La Calle hit a two-run double while Casey Smit added an RBI single that helped FSU build a 5-0 lead.
Justin Gonzalez also drove in two runs, had two hits and scored two runs for Florida State.
Alex Raburn had two hits and drove in the only run for the seventh-seeded Tar Heels (33-24), who advanced to pool play by beating rival North Carolina State in Tuesday’s elimination round.
Taylore Cherry (2-3) allowed seven hits and six runs in 5 1-3 innings for the Tar Heels, the reigning tournament champions.
FSU will face sixth-seeded Maryland on Friday, while UNC will play third-seeded Virginia.