Florida State eliminates North Carolina Tar Heels at College Baseball World Series, as Diamond Heels fall to Seminoles, 9-5

from www.goheels.com:

OMAHA, Neb. – Jaxson West and Max Williams hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth and Florida State held on to defeat North Carolina 9-5 in an elimination game at the College World Series on Tuesday after building a 7-1 lead.

The Tar Heels finish the season at 48-16 overall, while Florida State (49-16) advances to play Tennessee on Wednesday.

“It’s not easy to talk this time when the season ends,” UNC head coach Scott Forbes said. “I told the guys in the locker room that the word that came to my mind was “proud,” just because they should be proud of what they’ve done this entire season.

“I’m just proud of Carolina baseball, where it is, but that’s a credit to our players in that locker room and all the support this program has.”

The Seminoles led 7-1 in the middle of the fifth, scoring one in the second, two in the third, and five in the fifth.

After consecutive doubles by Vance Honeycutt and Casey Cook put the Tar Heels on the board in the third, UNC erupted for four runs in the fifth.

Honeycutt crushed a three-run homer, his 28th of the season, and Jackson Van De Brake singled back up the middle with two outs to score Parks Harber to make it 7-5.

Honeycutt finished 3-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBIs, and two runs scored.

“I always use the word electric,” Forbes said. “That’s just what he is. He’s electric. And what he has is the definition of a leader. He has integrity. He works. He puts winning first. He’s also just a kid and plays like that, free and easy.

“He’s one of the best I’ve ever coached.”

Drew Faurot gave FSU a 1-0 lead with a two-out single in the second, which plated Jaime Ferrer, who drew a one-out walk.

Ferrer was issued a one-out, bases-loaded walk in third to bring in the Seminoles’ second run. Daniel Cantu followed with a sacrifice fly.

Aidan Haugh (4-3) allowed three earned runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings while walking three and striking out three.

Florida State scored four in the fifth to stretch its lead to six runs. Cantu, Alex Lodise, West and Williams each had an RBI single.

Andrew Armstrong gave up three earned runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings with a walk and a strikeout.

Connor Hults (3-1) pitched 4 1/13 shutout innings out of the bullpen, allowing two with two strikeouts and a walk to earn the victory.