March 10, 2001
No. 18 Florida State (13-5, 2-0 ACC) won the second game of a doubleheader against Virginia (7-6, 0-2 ACC) by a score of 16-1 in front of 1,828 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU has now won 10-straight. The Seminoles won the first game, 9-2, behind a complete game from starter Blair Varnes. Sophomore right-hander Robby Read (4-2) followed with an impressive outing of his own, allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings of work. Read struck out a career-high eight batters and did not walk a single Cavalier.
Just as in game one, Virginia took the early lead on a solo home run. Dan Street, the second batter of the second inning, gave the Cavaliers a short-lived 1-0 lead with a homer to left.
In the bottom of the inning, Florida State’s three runs prove to be all Read would need. Karl Jernigan led off with a single and came home on Nick Rogers’ double to right. Blair McCaleb knocked in Brett Groves, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, for run number two. Byran Zech’s double to left scored Rogers and put FSU up 3-0 after two.
The Seminoles took control with six runs in the bottom of the third. Ryan Barthelemy led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Groves. After singles by Rogers and Scott Toole loaded the bases, McCaleb drew a walk. Zech followed with a two-run single to left that scored Rogers and Toole. Mike Futrell singled to once again the load the bases, John-Ford Griffin knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice ground ball. Barthelemy’s sacrifice fly to left knocked in Zech to put the Tribe up 9-1.
FSU added five more runs in the fifth, four of which came on a Barthelemy grand slam over the right field fence. The homer was Barthelemy’s fifth of the season. Toole knocked in the fifth run of the inning with a single to center.
Groves and Tony McQuade knocked in the final two runs in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly and a single, respectively.
Chris Ginn and Brent Pearson each worked a scoreless inning of relief for FSU. Pearson struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.
Barthelemy had three hits for the second straight game and also had five RBI to push his season total to 22. Griffin’s hitting streak was snapped at 13 games.
The two teams meet for the third and final game of the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU freshman Marc LaMacchia (2-0) is scheduled to face Virginia’s Dan Street (1-0). Sunday’s game will be televised by Sunshine.