March 30, 2002
WINSTON-SALEM, NC. – No. 5 Florida State (28-9, 3-5 ACC) snapped a four-game ACC losing streak with an 18-10 victory over No. 9 Wake Forest (21-5, 5-2 ACC) in front of 2,121 at Hooks Stadium Saturday afternoon. FSU’s 18 runs and 21 hits were both season-highs. Ryan Barthelemy established a new career-high with five hits and tied a career-high with six RBI. He scored five runs and hit his ninth home run of the season in the game.
“I’m very proud of the way this team came out and played today,” said head coach Mike Martin. “This is a veteran ball club and we (coaching staff) wanted them to know we still had confidence in them. Baseball is a journey with lots of ups and downs. Ryan Barthelemy did a great job, he is our leader and knows how to play the game.”
Florida State took the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Nick Rogers tripled off the wall in center and scored on Barthelemy’s base hit. A Blair McCaleb single put runners on the corners and Barthelemy scored when McCaleb intentionally got caught in a rundown.
Wake cut the lead in half with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. Nick Blue reached on a two-base error by FSU second baseman Bryan Zech and scored on a RBI-single by Steve LeFaivre.
Tony Richie put the Seminoles up 3-1 with his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot to left in the second inning.
The Seminole scoring continued in the third with a five-spot to take an 8-1 lead. Zech led of with a walk and scored on a double down the left field line by Rogers. Barthelemy knocked in Rogers with a single to right. McCaleb walked and Mike Futrell then plated Barthelemy with a double to the wall in right. With runners on second and third, Tony Richie doubled to score McCaleb, but Futrell was thrown out at the plate. Chris Hart’s sinlge up the middle scored Richie and gave FSU a seven run lead.
FSU added two runs in both the fourth and fifth to make it 12-1 Stephen Drew led off the fourth with a solo home run and Tony McQuade plated Barthelemy with a single up the middle. Barthelemy knocked in his third and fourth runs of the game with a single in the fifth inning.
The Demon Deacons trimmed FSU’s lead to 12-7 on Ryan Johnson’s grand slam and Ryan Braun’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth.
McQuade’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run seventh inning for the Tribe that extended the lead to 15-7 and Barthelemy’s two-run homer in the eighth made it 17-7.
WFU put three runs on the board over the final two innings and FSU got one in the ninth for the final of 18-10.
Daniel Davidson (3-0) got the win in relief of starter Robby Read. Davidson allowed two runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work. Read gave up six runs (five earned) on four hits in 4.1 innings. Wake starter Tim Morley (2-2) took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits in two innings of work.
The teams will complete the series Sunday at 12:05 p.m. FSU right-hander Blair Varnes (4-3, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to start against WFU right-hander Brian Bach (3-0, 6.38 ERA).