May 11, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Stephen Drew’s two-run, walk-off home run propelled No. 3 Florida State (47-12, 14-6 ACC) past Maryland (33-21, 6-17 ACC) by a score of 10-8 in front of 3,046 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Saturday night. After going 0-for-5 in Friday’s game, Drew came back in dramatic fashion with his second game-winning home run of the season. Tony Richie reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth before Drew blasted his 11th of the season over the fence in right center on a 3-1 pitch. In each of Drew’s hitless games this year, he has responded in the next game with two or more hits and a home run all five times.
Daniel Davidson (6-0) earned the victory in relief, recording the final out in the top of the ninth. The win extends Florida State’s winning streak to 13 games and also extended FSU’s ACC home winning streak to 25 games.
Maryland got their first run in the top of the second inning to a break a five-game scoreless stretch in Tallahassee. Jason Maxey hit a solo shot to right to give the Terps an early 1-0 lead.
FSU took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Richie Smith led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on Stephen Drew’s looping single to left center. Ryan Barthelemy’s two-run double down the right field line brought home Smith and Drew to give the Seminoles the lead.
The Seminoles extended their lead to 4-1in the fourth. Rogers and Bryan Zech hit back-to-back singles and moved up a base on Tony Richie’s sacrifice bunt. Smith followed with a two-run double down the first base line to give FSU a three run lead
Maxey’s two-run double off the fence in right center scored Justin Maxwell and Daryl Whitmer to cut the FSU’s lead to 4-3 in the top of the fifth.
Florida State used a three-run sixth to increase its lead to 7-3. Barthelemy’s sacrifice fly to left scored Smith from third for the first run of the inning. Rogers then came through with a two-run single center to complete the scoring in the sixth.
The Terrapins kept it close with two runs in the top of the seventh. Kevin McDonald singled and scored on a double by Matt Swope. Swope went on to score from second when John McCurdy beat out a throw to first for an RBI-single to bring the score to 7-5.
Maryland took their first lead since the second inning with two home runs in the eighth. Kyle George hit a two-run homer to left center and McDonald’s solo shot made it 8-7.
Mike Futrell’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth tied up for FSU at 8-8.
The Seminoles will close out the home portion of the 2002 regular season and go for their fifth straight series sweep on “Senior Day” Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU right-hander Blair Varnes (6-3, 4.33 ERA) is scheduled to face Maryland right-hander the game Sean Kane (1-0, 3.12 ERA).