May 10, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Matt Lynch (11-1) hurled a complete game shutout to lead No. 3 Florida State (46-12, 13-6 ACC) to a 4-0 victory over Maryland (33-20, 6-16 ACC) Friday evening as the Seminoles extended their season-best winning streak to 12 games in front of 2,259 fans Friday evening at Dick Howser Stadium. Lynch allowed just five hits, walked one batter and struck out eight. The outing marked Lynch’s second complete game of the season as he went the full nine against NC State on April 26th. The feat was the first for a Seminole pitcher since Mike Ziegler’s complete game shutout of Georgia Tech (6-0) on April 21, 2000.
The Seminoles scored what would prove to be the only run they would need in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Rogers reached on a fielding error by Maryland third baseman Anthony Buffone, stole second for his 16th stolen base of the season, and later scored on Bryan Zech’s single to center.
FSU extended the lead to 2-0 with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Tony McQuade led off the inning with a single to right, advanced to second on a groundout, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Rogers’ RBI-single to center.
Florida State increased its lead to 4-0 with two runs in the sixth. Tony Richie walked and moved to third on Richie Smith’s double to right center. Ryan Barthelemy’s sacrifice fly to center scored Richie and moved Smith to third. After McQuade drew a walk to put runners on first and third, the Seminoles used some trickery to make it 4-0. Smith scored from third before the third out of the inning was recorded as McQuade drew a throw to second to start a run-down.
Rogers led the way offensively for the Seminoles, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Barthelemy extended his hitting streak to eight games while Stephen Drew had his streak snapped at 13 games.
Jared Stuart (5-3) took the loss for Maryland, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits, walking six and striking out four Seminole batters.
Dating back to the final game of the 1998 series, Maryland hasn’t scored a single run in the last five meetings with the Seminoles at Dick Howser Stadium.
The two teams will continue the three game series Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Right-hander Marc LaMacchia (8-1, 3.08 ERA) is scheduled to face Maryland right-hander Chris Clem (3-4, 6.65 ERA). The game will be televised live on the Sunshine Network.