March 6, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 18 Florida State (10-5) took a 6-0 lead after four innings and never looked back, defeating St. Joseph’s (1-8) by a score of 16-4 at Dick Howser Stadium. Freshman right-hander Marc LaMacchia was the winner, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out a career-high eight batters.
FSU scored two runs in the top of the first. After walks to Bryan Zech, John-Ford Griffin and Chris Cole walked to load the bases, Karl Jernigan was hit by a pitch. The second run scored when Nick Rogers knocked in Griffin with a single to left.
Griffin extended his hitting streak to 11 with a two-run homer to right in the second inning, his fourth round-tripper of the season. The junior went 2-for-3 on the day to up his season average to an even .500 (25-for-50).
Tony Richie had an RBI-double in the third inning and Ryan Barthelemy scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning to make it 6-0 FSU.
St. Joseph’s got on the board in the fifth with two runs. Eric Wyatt drew a bases loaded walk and Kevin Kirkby knocked in a run with a single before LaMacchia ended the rally with two strikeouts with the bases loaded.
Brett Groves ripped a base clearing three-run double in the sixth inning and Jernigan knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly to up the Seminoles’ lead to 10-2.
The Hawks added two in the seventh with Justin Godusky hit into a run-scoring fielder’s choice and Kirkby hit an RBI-single to second.
The Tribe added six more in the bottom of the eighth with Tony McQuade doing the most damage as he knocked in two with a double to left center.
Jernigan tied the FSU career hit by pitch record (46) and also tied the school’s single game record (3) in the victory.
FSU completes the two-game series with St. Joseph’s Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Left-hander Trent Peterson (0-0) is scheduled to start for the Seminoles.