Feb. 10, 2001
PALO ALTO, CA – No. 9 Stanford (6-3) won the second game of a three games series over No. 4 Florida State (2-2) this afternoon at Sunken Diamond Stadium by a score of 5-2. The Cardinal got another solid outing from their starting pitcher, right-hander Jeff Bruksch (1-0), who gave up two earned runs in 7.1 innings.
Bruksch got all the run support he would need when Stanford batted around and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Following back-to-back singles by first baseman Arik VanZandt and designated hitter Jason Cooper, FSU starter Matt Lynch hit catcher Ryan Garko to load the bases. Shorstop Scott Dragicevich singled to left to score VanZandt and give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. Right fielder Carlos Quentin picked up an RBI with a ground out and third baseman Andy Topham’s RBI-single made it 3-0. Lynch was relieved by Chris Ginn, who then gave up a two-run single to second baseman Chris O’Riordan.
FSU’s only scoring inning came in the top of the eighth. Designated hitter Blair McCaleb got on after being hit by a pitch and shortstop Jeff Probst singled to right center. Left fielder John-Ford Griffin then ripped a double down the right field line to score McCaleb and Probst and cut Stanford’s lead to 5-2.
The 5-2 score would be the final as Cardinal reliever John Hudgins held FSU at bay over the final 1.2 innings for his third save of the season.
Lynch (0-1) took the loss after surrendering five earned runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings.
FSU reliever Eric Roman pitched well in the loss, working 3.1 scoreless innings and giving up just one hit.
The final game of the series will be played on Sunday and is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. ET start. Right-hander Robby Read (1-0) will get the call on the mound for the Seminoles as they attempt to avoid the sweep.