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By KURT ROSENBERG
ATLANTA A season that began
with high expectations and rose to
unexpected levels of disappointment
appeared well on its way to coming lull
circle Saturday night, and the setting
could not have been more appropriate.
The fifth-seeded Georgia Tech Yel
low Jackets, playing before their home
fans at Rose Bowl Field, came back to
defeat Clemson, 7-5, to win their first
ACC baseball, championship. They
swept through the tournament without
a loss, displaying the offensive potency
that had eluded them during the ACC
season, which they finished with a
record of just 6-7-1.
They did both, although during the
final game of the double-elimination
tournament it appeared as if Clemson
would force a championship game on
Sunday. The Tigers had opened up a
4-0 lead in the first two innings.
But in the fourth inning, the Yellow
Scott Johnson: "I just don't know
how to explain it. It was a big shock."
And it was all over so quickly.
They had opened the tournament in
the same fashion they had performed
over the past month, when they had
won 26 of their last 30 games. A 15
2 thrashing of Duke in the first round
seemed to reassure them that they were,
as they had said, the team to beat. "It's
got to help us out a lot as far as
momentum goes," Devy Bell was
prompted to say on Wednesday
But the momentum ended when the
second game , began. Roger Williams
pitched yet another excellent game for
UNC on Thursday, but Clemson's
George Stone pitched better. The Tar
Heels failed to duplicate the offense they
had displayed against Duke, accumu
lating just six hits, striking out eight
times and getting three runners caught
stealing. And UNC lost a dramatic 3
2 game in the ninth inning.
But after returning to their hotel
rooms late that night, the Tar Heels
came back to the stadium Friday
afternoon with what they would later
say was a fresh attitude, the disappoint
ment of the evening before wiped from
"I think we came out with a clean
slate," Surhoff said. "I was ready to
play, and I think the other guys were
ready to play. It may not have looked
like we were ready to play, though."
Not baseball, at least. North Carolina
lasted until the bottom of the first
inning. A 1-0 UNC lead, scratched out
when Brian Chandler's infield single
scored Surhoff, evaporated quickly, as
would the Tar Heels' hopes of defending
their ACC championship. .
After posting the lowest earned-run
average of any starting pitcher on the
team this season, Brad Powell watched
his ERA disintegrate in a matter of
minutes. He got the first batter, Keith
Kowalski, to ground out to shortstop.
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Jackets tied the game. Walt McConnell
singled, scored on Carl Sitler's triple.
Siller came home on a wild pitch, Jamie
Sims walked and K.G. White, who has
been used sparingly this year, homered.
Clemson took the lead in the sixth
when Scott Dillon, who set a tourna
ment record with 1 2 hits, homered, but
Tech tied it in the seventh on a single
by Jeff Mons, a sacrifice by Steve
Newbern and an RBI single by Keith
Kerver. The Yellow Jackets took the
lead for good in the eighth when White ,
and Mike Yancey singled, White scored
on a wild pitch and Newbern singled
"It's a culmination of a lot of work,"
said tournament MVP Scott Jordan,
who went I l-for-20, hit three home runs
and stole seven bases to set a tourna
ment record. "We expected to have a
good season in the conference and we
didn't show it. We knew we had the
best team, and we just had to go out
and prove it."
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But it was like batting practice for the
Cavaliers after that.
Dennis Barth singled to center. Bill
Narleski hit a long double to center.
Jeff Booker singled to center. Dan
Maynard walked. Woody Hall singled
to center. Kent Savedge singled to
center. Mickey Fuqua walked on four
pitches. After David Horton struck out,
Kowalski came up for the second time
in the inning and hit a three-run triple
down the right-field line.
With UNC trailing, 7-1, Tim Kirk
emerged from the bullpen for some
desperately needed relief.
The roof had caved in on the Tar
Heels at precisely the wrong time
psychologically. They showed no life,
managing only three hits the rest of the
way. The pitching that had brought
them so far in recent weeks had already
vanished. And now, the hitting that had
at times this season been downright
vicious, was nowhere to be found,
apparently having been completely used
up against Duke.
"In everybody's head . . . ," Johnson
started, searching for the right words
to describe effect of Virginia's early
explosion. "I'm sure it affected
It now appears that the Tar Heels'
hopes for an NCAA bid rest on a three
game series at Florida State starting
They know that a poor showing in
Tallahassee could very well keep them
out of the regionals for the first time
in four years. They know also that a
better showing in the ACC tournament
could have helped their chances. Defend
ing their championship would have
ensured an NCAA bid.
"When youVe been in the champion
, ship game five years in a row and won
! it ' three;" Sries; ' f rtfiihlc : you've7 got "to
realize that every year's a challenge,"
coach Mike Roberts said. "This year,
we just didn't seem to be able to accept
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By SCOTT FOWLER
Assistant Sports Editor
A lanky blond, armed with the most
vicious groundstrokes the UNC Ten
nis Center had ever seen, provided
most of the excitement for Tar Heel
tennis boosters in an otherwise lack
luster ACC tournament for the North
Jeff Chambers smoked to a 6-1, 6
1 win over Clemson's Richard Matus
zewski in the finals of the No. 2 singles
division, enabling the Tar Heels to
avoid a total shutout in individual
championships. However, Chambers'
victory wasn't enough to keep the Tar
Heels from falling back into third
place in the final team standings,
behind the Tigers and Maryland.
Clemson won its fifth team title in
the last six years by amassing 132 total
points, including three singles division
winners and all three doubles flight
winners. "We expected to win this
one," Clemson coach Chuck Kriese
said, "and now we're going to go try
and win the NCAAs."
If not for Chambers, the tourna
ment might have been remembered as
the year of the total collapse for the
Tar Heels. UNC had finished the
opening day of play on Thursday in
a strong second place, and even had
a slim chance of catching the front
Instead, UNC lost four head-to-head
matches with Clemson and seven
of motoinc on the day. Only
Lacrosse seniors upstaged
By TIM CROTHERS
Saturday afternoon was a memorable
Senior Day for the UNC lacrosse team.
Eight North Carolina seniors played in
their final home regular-season game,
but two underclassmen brothers stole
the spotlight as junior Joey Seivold and
his younger brother Gary scored three
goals each to power UNC to a 10-5
victory over a strong Loyola team.
The third-ranked Tar Heels played
carefully in the first half, scoring only
three goals and concentrating on
"In the first half we were kind of
tentative, it was a question of nobody
wanting to do the wrong thing," Joey
Seivold said. "We only had . 12 or 15
shots in the half, and youVe got to shoot
more than that."
The timid and sometimes sloppy play
of both teams worked to Loyola's
advantage. The No. 15 Greyhounds
played a very patient offensive game,
waiting for opportunities to catch the
strong UNC defense off guard.
Such an opportunity occurred when
Loyola defenseman Bryan Warga took
'Ja shot from deep in his own end of the
field that caught North Carolina goalie
Tim Mealey straying too far away from
his net. The rainbow shot flew over
Mealey's outstretched stick, hit the
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lone bright spot for temsins team in ACCs
Chambers won in singles, taking a 6
4, 6-3 victory over Georgia Tech's
So Chambers was the Tar Heels'
lone representative in the finals. And
his opponent, Matuszewski, was
ranked No. 36 in the country, seeded
No. I in the division and had beaten
Chambers only three weeks ago. "1
was so pumped to play well, though,"
It showed. Chambers jumped out
to a 4-0 lead in the first set, splitting
the lines time and time again with a
heavy topspin forehand and lethal
two-handed backhand. "But when we
played at Clemson, Matuszewski had
gotten off to a terrible start there too,"
Chambers said. "So I knew I couldn't
He didn't. Matuszewski kept trying
to come in and control the net against
Chambers, and the sophomore kept
making him pay for it. Time after time
Matuszewski could only wave at
passing shots or gaze at a topspin lob
that floated over his outstretched
racket. "It was hard for me to find
a place on the court where I was
comfortable," Matuszewski said in a
soft voice after the match was over.
"I didn't think I played bad, but his
style of play just made it seem worse."
After Chambers hit a passing shot
while falling down to break Matus
zewski's serve again for a 5-1 lead in
the second set, he smiled broadly.
goalpost and bounced out, but the ball
was quickly picked up and shot in by
Loyola attackman Doug Trettin before
the retreating Tar Heel defense could
organize itself. The goal left UNC with
a tenuous 3-2 lead at halftime.
The turning point in the game
occurred with a little over nine minutes
left in the third period. Loyola's Trettin
received a pass for an uncontested
point-blank shot at Mealey, who made
a spectacular stick save on an almost
certain goal. The ball flew into the air
and was recovered by UNC. The Tar
Heels charged downfield and sopho
more Gary Seivold slipped his third goal
past Loyola goalie Jim Williams
seconds later to give North Carolina a
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Four points Liter the match was his,
and Chambers Hung his racket toward
the net, screamed "Yes!" and bounded
up to the net to shake Matuszewski s
"1 don't think I've ever played
better," Chambers said. "I don't think
IVe ever had a bigger win."
Chambers' one regret Saturday was
that his wife of nine months, Karol,
couldn't be there. She was competing
in the ACC track championships for
UNC. "I really wish she could have
seen that," Chambers said. "She's
helped the mental aspect of my game
so much." Karol didn't miss the
festivities completely, however, as she
ran down the slope to the courts just
in time to see Chambers receive his
award for winning the flight.
The biggest surprise of the tourna
ment had to be Wayne Hearn's poor
performance. Hearn, a senior, had
never lost an ACC match in his career,
going 18-0 in the conference. But he
continually had problems with his slice
backhand against Clemson's Miguel
Nido. In Friday's semifinals Nido won
the first eight games before Hearn and
most of the 200 spectators could catch
Hearn had not lost a set by a 6
0 score the entire year, a streak
spanning 79 consecutive sets. He was
already down 6-0, 2-0. As the crowd
urged him on, Hearn whipped a down-the-line
backhand past Nido on game
point to win his first game of the
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Mealey's save exemplified the kind of
extra effort that is necessary to win any
game. "At this level you need that
special effort and performance," he said.
"It was a two-goal swing. If you don't
have a kid who can make that kind of
play then youH be facing off and they'll
be one goal closer."
After Mealey's save and the transition
goal, UNC utilized some substitutions
to combat temperatures in the 90s and
to pick up the pace of the game. The
North Carolina defense became espe
cially aggressive, frustrating Loyola's
attack and feeding the rejuvenated Tar
Heel offense, which outscored the
Greyhounds 5-0 in the pivotal third
"Our defense started to create turnov
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match. Hearn shook both fists in the
air, then hit four straight serves that
Nido was unable to return. Hearn
went on to win that set, 7-5, and
looked to have the momentum as the
two went into a third and decisive set.
But amazingly, Nido won six
straight games and thus served Hearn
a 6-0 sandwich, winning the match 6
0, 5-7, 6-0.
The next day Duke's Jeff Hersh,
who was cheered on by Duke basket
ball players Mark Alarie and Jay
Bilas, added insult to injury as he
defeated Hearn in the battle for third
place, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0. "I dont think I
could play any worse than 1 did in
those two matches," Hearn, who was
still voted as the conference's co-MVP
for his outstanding regular-season
The person who shared that honor
with Hearn was Georgia Tech fresh
man Bryan Shelton, who won the No.
1 flight over Nido Saturday, 4-6, 7
5, 7-5. Shelton became the second
freshman in a row to win the top
individual title, as Clemson's Lawson
Duncan accomplished the feat last
Other UNC players had mixed
degrees of success for the tournament.
Jay Pulliam at No. 5 and Eddie
Stewart at No. 3 both came in third
place in their respective flights, while
David Pollack and Mark DeMattheis
came in fourth.
quarter and that's what really got us
going," said Gary Seivold, one of the
key benefactors of UNC's scrambling
The pesky Greyhounds forged a small
comeback in the final period, cutting
the North Carolina lead to 8 with 9:49
remaining. But the Tar Heels rallied on
a perfect downfield pass by Chris
Walker to a breaking Mac Ford, who
scored the final home regular-season
goal of his illustrious career on a pretty
As the players cooled off and chatted
after the game, UNC senior co-captain
Steve Martel spoke of his fond memo
ries of four years in Chapel Hill.
"I'd rather play here than anywhere
else," he said. "It's a special feeling, a
sad feeling in a way, to leave."
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