May 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – No. 3 Florida State (42-12, 9-6 ACC) extended their winning streak to eight games with a 17-7 victory over Florida A&M (24-25, 10-8 MEAC) Friday night in front of 3,295 at Dick Howser Stadium. Ryan Barthelemy and Stephen Drew each hit two home runs in the Seminole win. Barthelemy’s 14 home runs on the season tie a career-high, a total he has reached in each of the last three seasons. Drew extended his career-long hitting streak to 10 games. Robby Read improved to 7-1 after going five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits. Read struck out six and did not walk a batter.
The Rattlers got on the board quickly with two runs in the top of the first. Chris Branning’s two-run homer to straight-away center put FAMU up 2-0.
FSU took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. Jerrod Brown led off with a double down the left field line and scored on a double by Nick Rogers. Rogers then advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Tony Richie’s double off the fence in right. Drew then plated Richie with the fourth double of the inning.
Florida State blew the game wide open with eight runs in the bottom of the third to make the score 11-2. The Seminoles hit three home runs in the inning, including two from Ryan Barthelemy. This marked the first time FSU has hit three home runs in an inning since Marshall McDougall, John Halliday and Kevin Cash combined for three home runs against Maryland on May 8, 1999.
FAMU closed the gap to 11-5 with two runs in the top of the fifth and one in the sixth. Ben Morgan’s double down the third base line in the fifth scored Morris Scott and Morgan came home on a double to right center by Manuel Quinones. Dustin Matthews’ double down the left field line brought Alcides Segui home for FAMU’s fifth run of the game.
The Rattlers put up two more runs in the seventh for their final run total of seven.
Drew led off the seventh with a solo home run over the right field screen, his second of the night and ninth of the year, to start a four-run rally that put the game out of reach. FSU would add another run in the eighth for the final margin of 17-7.
Florida State will return to ACC action on Sunday night when they begin a three-game series against the Duke Blue Devils. Left-hander Matt Lynch (9-1, 3.72 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound on Sunday night at Dick Howser Stadium. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The Sunday and Monday games will be televised live by Sunshine.