March 7, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 18 Florida State (11-5) defeated St. Joseph’s (1-9) by a score of 6-0 in front of 1,035 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Freshman left-hander Trent Peterson won his first collegiate start, working 5.2 scoreless innings and striking out a career-high four batters. Mike Futrell and John-Ford Griffin were responsible for knocking in five of FSU’s runs with home runs in the first and fourth innings. Griffin has now hit safely in 12 straight games.
“St. Joseph’s really impressed me,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They stuck around and were very competitive. Their coaching staff did a nice job.”
In the top of the first, leadoff man Bryan Zech drew a walk and Futrell followed with a homer to left to make it 2-0. Futrell’s homer was his second of the season.
The Seminoles added another run in the second inning. Brett Groves singled and stole second and third, while Tony Richie and Futrell walked to load the bases. Griffin picked up RBI number 22 when he followed with a walk to score Groves.
Griffin added three more RBI in the bottom of the fourth when he ripped a three-run homer over the right field screen to push the Tribe’s lead to 6-0. The homer, his team-best fifth of the season, scored Zech and Futrell – who were both on after drawing walks.
Karl Jernigan broke Jose Zabala’s all-time FSU hit by pitch record when he was hit by a pitch for the 47th time of his four-year career in the fifth inning. Jernigan also recorded two outs and pitched the final inning in relief, striking out two Hawks.
“We let Karl (Jernigan) pitch in the ninth because of the number of games we play during this stretch of the season,” said Martin. “You have to use a number of guys when you play as many games as we do.”
The game marked FSU’s first shutout and first error-less game of the season. The Seminoles’ last shut out came against Georgia Tech, 6-0, on April 21, 2000. Daniel Hodges and Chris Ginn also had scoreless relief appearances for FSU.
Groves left the game in the sixth inning with a pulled quadriceps muscle, but he is expected to play this weekend when the Seminoles open ACC play against Virginia. Game times at Dick Howser Stadium are set for Friday (6:00 p.m.), Saturday (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.). Sunday’s game will be televised by Sunshine.