March 19, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (25-5) used a solid pitching performance by starter Marc LaMacchia to defeat The Citadel (11-8) by a score of 4-0 in front of 1,866 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Tuesday evening. LaMacchia, who didn’t get any support from a Seminole infield that committed four errors behind him, worked seven scoreless innings. He gave up just three hits and tied a season-high with seven strikeouts. Trent Peterson pitched two no-hit innings of relief to give the FSU pitching staff its third shutout of the season.
Florida State got the only run they would need in the bottom of the second thanks to an error and a balk by the visitors. Tony McQuade doubled to left center with two outs, advanced to third on the balk, and came home on throwing error by Bulldog second baseman Jon Aughey.
The Seminoles gave LaMacchia a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning. Richie Smith led off with a solo homer to right, his third of the season. Bryan Zech scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to make it 3-0.
Barthelemy went 2-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Rogers (2-for-4, double) joined Barthelemy as the only other Seminole with more than one hit.
Paul Williams took the loss for The Citadel after surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings. Relievers Matt Hamer and Randy Corn gave up just one run in a combined four innings.
The teams will complete the two-game series on Wednesday at Dick Howser Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with FSU’s Daniel Davidson (1-0) set to face The Citadel’s Shannon Sprouse (0-1).