Feb. 11, 2001
PALO ALTO, CA – No. 9 Stanford topped No. 4 Florida State by a score of 8-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the Seminoles. FSU managed only four hits in the loss and also committed four errors.
The Tribe took their first lead of the series with a run in the top of the first inning. Second baseman Bryan Zech led off with a single down the right field line, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on left fielder John-Ford Griffin’s RBI-single up the middle.
Stanford tied the game with a run of their own in the bottom of the first and then scored three more in the second inning with the help of a pair of FSU miscues to make it 4-1.
FSU received its biggest scare of the day when Griffin was forced to leave the game with a hip flexor injury he suffered while chasing a fly ball in left. Stanford designated hitter Jason Cooper ended up with an inside the park home run when Richie Smith had to come over from center field to throw the ball in. Griffin’s status for the Florida series has not yet been determined.
With Stanford leading 6-1 after six innings, FSU added a run in the top of the seventh inning to make it 6-2. Designated hitter Scott Boyd got on board after being hit by a pitch, advanced to third on catcher Tony Richie’s double and scored on third baseman Ryan Barthelemy’s sacrifice fly.
Cardinal left fielder Jason VanMeetren launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 8-2.
Zech went 2-for-4 on the day, accounting for half of FSU’s hit total.
Stanford starter Tim Cunningham (3-0) earned the win after giving up two runs (one earned) in 6.1 innings. FSU starter Robby Read (1-1) took the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) in 4.0 innings.
Seminole relievers Justin Lord and Nick Whidden pitched well in the loss, working two scoreless innings and one scoreless inning, respectively.
The team is scheduled to return to Tallahassee Monday evening at 6:3 p.m. EST via Atlanta. Up next for FSU is a two game series at Dick Howser Stadium against Florida. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start and Sunday’s game will begin at 2:00 p.m.