March 17, 2001
Raleigh, NC – No. 18 Florida State (17-6, 4-1 ACC) fell to NC State (11-10, 3-2 ACC) by a score of 4-2 as 1,232 fans looked on at Doak Field. The loss, FSU’s first in the ACC this season, snapped a 14-game winning streak. After taking a 2-0 lead midway through the fourth inning, NC State scored runs in all three middle innings to take the win.
FSU struck first with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. John-Ford Griffin hit a solo homer, his seventh of the season, just inside the foul pole in right field. Ryan Barthelemy followed with a triple off the wall in right and Karl Jernigan picked up the RBI with a double down the right field line.
NC State cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Sean Walsh drew a walk and moved to second on a ground out before scoring on Justin Riley’s double to center, which fell just out of the reach of a diving Jernigan.
The Wolfpack took a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. After a single by Joe Gaetti, Adam Miller doubled to left center. Gaetti scored when Griffin mishandled the ball in the outfield. Jeremy Dutton then reached on a base hit bunt and Miller scored all the way from second when no FSU infielder picked the ball up.
NCSU added another run in the sixth when David Hicks doubled down the right field line, advanced to third when Colt Morton’s bloop to right fell in front of Richie Smith and scored on Justin Riley’s 4-6-3 double play ground out.
FSU had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, but Brett Groves flew out to center. The Seminoles also had runners on first and second in the ninth, but Mike Sollie struck out Jernigan for the final out.
Dan D’Amato (3-2) was the winner, giving up two earned runs on nine hits in eight innings of work. D’Amato struck out five and walked four. Sollie worked a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.
Robby Read (4-3) took the loss for FSU. Read allowed three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one over four innings.
Griffin led the Tribe offensively, going three-for-four with the home run.
The two teams complete the series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with Marc LaMacchia scheduled to start for FSU against NC State’s Daniel Caldwell.