May 18, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – Florida State used another big fifth inning to take a
commanding lead and cruise to a 12-3 victory Saturday night at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. The second-ranked Seminoles improved to 50-12 overall
and 17-6 in the ACC while dropping the top-ranked Tigers to 44-11
overall and 16-7 in the ACC.
After scoring six runs in the fifth inning on Friday, Florida State
broke open Saturday’s game with seven runs in the fifth. The Seminoles
earned their 16th straight win and is the first team to take a series at
Clemson in 2002.
Blair Varnes (7-3) earned his 38th career win for Florida State,
allowing only two earned runs and six hits over 7.2 innings while
striking out seven and walking three. Matt Henrie (10-3) allowed seven
runs, including three earned, over 4.2 innings in getting the loss for
Jeff Baker started the scoring in the second inning with a towering shot
to right field. The solo home run was his team-leading 21st of the
season and 55th of his career, extending his own school record and good
enough for a seventh place tie in ACC history. The Seminoles tied the
score at one in the top of the third when Mike Futrell’s groundout
scored Richie Smith.
Clemson retook the lead in the third. David Slevin led off the inning
with a double and scored on an error by Florida State first baseman
Jerrod Brown for a 2-1 lead. Florida State answered again in the fourth
and took its first lead of the game. After consecutive singles by Tony
McQuade and Ryan Barthelemy, the runners scored on a Brown groundout and
Tony Richie’s single through the left side to put the Seminoles on top
Florida State chased Henrie with seven unearned runs in the fifth
inning. Stephen Drew’s hit an RBI-single to center and scored on a
groundout by Barthelemy. With two outs, Blair McCaleb singled in a run
before reliever Jeff Hourigan entered the game. The freshman gave up
four straight hits, including an RBI-single to Brown, an RBI-double down
the left field line to Richie, a two-run single to Smith and an
RBI-double to Bryan Zech. Thomas Boozer recorded the last out of the
inning, but not after Florida State took a 10-2 advantage.
The Seminoles added a run in the sixth before Clemson scored a run in
the eighth on Jarrod Schmidt’s groundout. Florida State’s Richie hit a
solo home run in the ninth to make the final margin 12-3. Khalil Greene
extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a single in the third
inning, but no Tiger had more than one hit on the evening.
Florida State can clinch the regular season ACC Championship with a win
in Sunday’s game three. Freshman Tyler Lumsden (2-0, 4.50 ERA) will take
the hill for Clemson while Marc LaMacchia (8-1, 3.44 ERA) is expected to
start for Florida State.