March 27, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (24-6, 8-1 ACC) recorded their fourth shutout of the season as they topped No. 18 The Citadel (20-7, 8-1 SoCon) by a score of 3-0 at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU starter Matt Lynch (4-1) worked seven scoreless innings, gave up five hits and struck out a career-high 11 batters without issuing a single walk. Lynch has not given up an earned run in his last three outings – a streak of 20.0 innings.
The Seminoles took the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. After singles by Bryan Zech and John-Ford Griffin, Karl Jernigan picked up two RBI with a double down the line in left.
FSU added an unearned run in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Jeff Probst led off with a bunt single and moved to second on a Bulldog error. After Zech drew a walk to load the bases, Mike Futrell came through with a sacrifice fly to left to score Probst.
Chris Ginn relieved Lynch in the eighth and did not allow a hit while striking out one. Justin Lord did the same in the ninth as he earned his sixth save of the season. Lord already has more saves this season than any FSU pitcher had all of last year (Chris Whidden’s five saves led the 2000 squad).
Griffin and Probst led the team at the plate with two hits apiece. In addition to knocking in two runs, Jernigan also stole another base to increase his ACC-leading total to 17.
The Citadel starter Eric Talbert (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up two earned runs in five innings of work. Stuart Jordan had two hits to lead the Bulldogs offensively.
The Seminoles are now 21-1 at Dick Howser Stadium. The two teams will meet again Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. with FSU LHP Trent Peterson (2-0, 1.17 ERA) scheduled to face Bulldog LHP Dallas McPherson (3-2, 5.35 ERA).