April 26, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Junior left-hander Matt Lynch improved to 9-1 on the year with a complete game victory as No. 5 Florida State (39-12, 7-6 ACC) defeated NC State (26-18, 4-12 ACC) by a score of 9-3 Friday night in front of 2,658 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Trent Peterson recorded FSU’s last complete game, which came last season against Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament. Blair McCaleb led the Seminoles with four RBI while Stephen Drew and Jerrod Brown added three hits apiece.
Lynch allowed three runs on eight hits in the longest outing of his career. He walked two and struck out four.
The Seminoles wasted no time in opening up a lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Tony McQuade doubled and Ryan Barthelemy singled to right to put runners on second and third. McQuade scored on an error and Brown then knocked in Barthelemy with an RBI-single. After a Nick Rogers walk, Mike Futrell plated McCaleb with a groundout. Brown then made it 4-0 when he scored on a wild pitch.
FSU added three more in the fourth to make it 7-0. Drew doubled, McQuade and Barthelemy walked to load the bases. McCaleb then picked up three of his four RBI when his double down the left field line cleared the bases.
NC State got two back in the top of the seventh on Joe Gaetti’s two-run single to center with two outs.
Adam Hargrave’s single that scored Matt Butler in the ninth completed the scoring as Lynch finished the game to seal FSU’s 9-3 victory.
Wolfpack starter Ryan Combs (0-1) took the loss after surrendering seven runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3.1 innings.
The series continues Saturday with FSU RHP Marc LaMachhia (7-1, 2.60 ERA) scheduled to face NC State’s RHP Daniel Caldwell (6-5, 5.71 ERA). The final game is set for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.