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Kyle Seager working to beat the shift

Kyle Seager knows the way to beat a shift is to show opposing teams he can hit the ball down the left-field line when he wants, so the Mariners third baseman took a couple shots that direction in his first two at-bats in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Rangers. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Seager has begun working the ball better to the opposite field and believes that will pay off.

Pitching Preservation

Despite losing to No. 2 seed Florida State on Wednesday night, No. 7 seed North Carolina positioned itself well for the remainder of Pool B play in the ACC Tournament. Entering Wednesday’s pool play opener, the Tar Heels had played 43 innings of baseball in just under a week against some very stiff competition in Miami and N.C. State.

Turner's Take: Moving Forward

After getting past NC State in an ACC Tournament play-in game, Carolina dropped a 7-1 decision to Florida State on Wednesday. The second-seeded Seminoles used a four-run fourth inning and a terrific start from left-hander Billy Strode to put the Tar Heels away. But Carolina has games Friday against Virginia and Saturday against Maryland to try to improve their NCAA Tournament résumé.

UNC-Florida State: Mike Fox Postgame Quotes

Speaking of the NCAA Tournament, do you feel like your team is in? Or what side of the bubble do you think you’re on? “I don’t know. I’m trying not to think about it. We’ve got to compete better and we’ve got to try to win a couple of more games here in the tournament. Not being smart, but we’re either going to be in or out. And if we’re out, it’s going to be our own doing.”

ACC Tournament: FSU 7 UNC 1

Not really UNC's year against Florida State. For the third time in four games this season against the Seminoles, UNC gave up seven or more runs while scratching out two or fewer on the way to a 7-1 loss in the first game of ACC Tournament pool play. Taylore Cherry got the start and held it together until fourth when FSU broke a 1-0 game open with four runs.

Florida State overwhelms Tar Heels

Don't blame it on a weather-forced doubleheader at Miami. Don't blame it on a depleted bullpen. For North Carolina coach Mike Fox, Florida State simply played better baseball in the Seminoles 7-1 win in Wednesday's opening game of Pool B play in the ACC Tournament. "It's very typical of how they beat you," he said. "They pitch well. They don't give you any opportunities. They take advantage."

Carolina Falls To No. 4 FSU 7-1

Billy Strode tossed six shutout innings and second-seeded Florida State defeated seventh-seeded North Carolina 7-1 Wednesday night in the first game of Pool B at the 2014 ACC Baseball Championship at NewBridge Bank Park. Taylore Cherry allowed six runs in 5.1 innings for the Tar Heels, who will next face third-seeded Virginia Friday night at 7.

Florida State and North Carolina: Tourney Preview

The Seminoles played extremely well the first time they faced the Tar Heels less than two weeks ago. The Noles shutout North Carolina in game one, limited them to just two runs in game two but lost the final game by a 5-4 score. Florida State is in good position today because of the tight four hour game that the Heels played yesterday to advance.

ACC Tournament Preview: #7 UNC vs #2 Florida State

Having survived the play-in game versus NC State, UNC moves into pool play which three chances to pad the NCAA resume with some good wins. The first such opportunity comes Wednesday evening with the Heels facing FSU. UNC lost the regular season series to the Seminoles less than two weeks ago dropping the first two games 7-0 and 10-2 before winning the finale 5-4.

FSU baseball opens up ACC tournament against North Carolina

The Tar Heels (33-23) are the reigning ACC champs, but barely squeaked past NC State in Tuesday’s elimination game. North Carolina, the seventh seed, won 4-3. With a strong pitching staff and bullpen – the Tar Heels have a 2.92 team ERA, the second best ERA in the ACC – UNC could give FSU problems.

Chansky: Game Gone To The Dogs

The Wolfpack, a preseason top-10 pick, watched its season end before the dog days of summer while the Tar Heels lived to have Miss Babe fetch their bats for three more ACC tourney games, beginning Wednesday night at 7 against Florida State. Win one, and the Heels are probably back in the NCAAs for a longshot return to the College World Series.

Patchwork pitching propels UNC past N.C. State

Instead of working with a blank slate, Trent Thornton, UNC's Friday night ace, came out of the bullpen in the top of the eighth inning to seal seventh-seeded UNC's 4-3 win against 10th-seeded N.C. State (32-23) in Tuesday afternoon's ACC Tournament play-in game. "That was what I wanted," said Thornton of closing the game.

Video: UNC-NC State 2014 ACC Baseball Tournament Highlights

North Carolina advanced in the ACC Baseball Championship with a 4-3 win over rival NC State. Michael Russell went 2-3 with an RBI to lead the Tar Heels. UNC will face Florida State Wednesday at 7 p.m. Video courtesy of the ACC Digital Network.

ACC Tournament: UNC 4 NC State 3

UNC does it to NC State again. The Tar Heels scored three runs in third inning and escaped multiple jams with Wolfpack runners in scoring position to take a 4-3 win and advance into Pool B of the ACC Tournament. It is the third straight season UNC has beaten NC State in the ACC Tournament. The loss may have also ended NC State's season.

UNC-NC State: Mike Fox Postgame Quotes

“We’re very excited to have won, to be able to stay here a little bit longer and play three more games. It was an incredible game - like everybody expected - when these teams get together. Long game and a lot happened over the last four hours. We did just enough to come out and get a win. Excited for our team. I’m glad we get to continue playing here in the ACC Tournament.”

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