March 4, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The 19th-ranked Florida State Seminoles (9-5) got 10
hits and eight RBI from the 2-3-4 batters in the lineup as they completed a
three-game sweep of Michigan State (0-5) by a score of 9-5 in front of 1,949
fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State has now won six-straight, dating
back to February 24th. John-Ford Griffin (4-for-5), Ryan Barthelemy
(2-for-4) and Chris Cole (4-for-5) were responsible for 10 of FSU’s 11 hits
and eight of the team’s nine RBI.
“We got better today and that’s what we want to do,” said FSU head coach
Mike Martin. “We still have a long way to go to get to where we want to be.
We ran the bases well and only had one error in the infield.”
Florida State scored first with three runs in the bottom of the first. Ryan
Barthelemy’s two-run double scored Bryan Zech and Griffin, who were on board
after a walk and a double. After Cole’s single moved Barthelemy to third,
Chris Hart came through with an RBI-single to left.
Barthelemy made it 6-0 FSU in the bottom of the second when he hit a
three-run homer over the fence in right. Barthelemy’s homer, which was his
fourth of the year, scored Zech and Griffin.
MSU cut the lead to 6-4 in the top of the third. Bob Malek had a two-run
double, Jared Koutnik scored on a wild pitch and Kyle Geswein singled in the
Cole knocked in FSU’s next three runs with a solo homer in the fourth inning
and a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth.
FSU starter Robby Read (3-2) was the winner, allowing five runs (four
earned) in six innings while striking out seven. Scott Brandell (0-1) gave
up six runs in 1.1 innings and took the loss for MSU.
Chris Ginn, Brent Pearson and Justin Lord came out of the FSU bullpen to
hold the Spartans scoreless over the last three innings.
“Our relievers came and did well to get us out of some crucial innings,”
said Martin. “We are looking at Justin Lord as a closer now.”
Griffin extended his hitting streak to 10 games and Barthelemy led the team
with five RBI.
IMPORTANT NOTE: FSU’S HOME GAME ON TUESDAY (3/6) AGAINST ST. JOSEPH’S HAS
BEEN CHANGED TO A 3:30 PM START.