Feb. 10, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – Senior right fielder Mike Futrell had a career-best three home run day as he led No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (7-3) past No. 1 Stanford (4-2) by a score of 7-6 in front of 4,618 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Futrell’s third home run of the day, a solo shot to left in the bottom of the eighth inning, put FSU up 7-4 and ended up being the game-winning RBI after the Cardinal scored two in the top of the ninth. A strong relief appearance by Blair Varnes, who earned the victory, helped the Seminoles avoid a series sweep.
Stanford jumped out to the early lead with two runs in the top of the first inning. Chris O’Riordan led off with a single and Sam Fuld doubled to put runners on the corners. Jason Cooper plated them with a base hit to right center.
The Cardinal stretched the lead to 4-1 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Carlos Quentin scored on Donny Lucy’s grounder in the fourth and Ryan Garko scored on Cooper’s single in the fifth.
The Seminoles took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning. Futrell got things going with his first home run of the game, Scott Toole scored on a passed ball and Ryan Barthelemy made it 5-4 with a two-run single left. The base hit extended Barthelemy’s career-long hitting streak to 28 games.
Two more solo home runs by Futrell in the sixth and eighth inning pushed the FSU lead to three.
O’Riordan hit a two-run homer over the right field screen to make things interesting in the ninth. Fuld followed with a single to left, but Richie brought the game to a close when he threw out Fuld attempting to steal second for the final out.
Varnes (1-1), who made his first career relief appearance after 60 starts, was the winner after giving up just one run in 3.2 innings of work. Eric Roman picked up his second save of the season, allowing two runs (one earned) in 1.1 innings. Mark Jecmen (0-2) gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits in 4.1 innings in a losing effort.
Futrell finished the day 3-for-4 while Jerrod Brown (2-for-4) and Richie (2-for-4) also had multi-hit games for the Tribe.
The Seminoles return to action next weekend with a three-game home series against nationally-ranked Arizona State, who beat Tennessee on Friday and Saturday. Game times at Dick Howser Stadium are set for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.