March 20, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (26-5) used twelve hits to defeat The Citadel (11-9) by a score of 11-3 in front of 1,280 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Wednesday. Jerrod Brown went 3-for-3 with one run scored and tied a career-high with four RBI. Left-hander Daniel Davidson (2-0) picked up his second win of the season, going five innings and giving up only two runs on six hits. The Seminole bullpen continued to pitch well, only giving up one run in the remaining three innings. Ryan Barthelemy extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.
The Citadel got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first inning when Brook Dantzler led off with a double down the right field line and later scored on an RBI-single to center by Chip Cannon. Cannon went on to score the second run of the inning when Michael Mainor was hit by a pitch followed with an RBI-single by Jon Aughey.
The Seminoles evened it up in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own. Bryan Zech scored the first run after he led off with a double down the left field line and scored on a Brown RBI-single to center. Brown scored the second run on a sacrifice fly by Barthelemy.
Florida State pushed the lead to 5-2 with three runs in the second. Tony McQuade led off with a double to right center and later scored on a bases loaded walk to Scott Toole. Brown’s two-RBI single to left scored Mike Futrell and Richie Smith for the final two runs of the inning.
The Bulldogs added an additional run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to three, but that would be as close as they could get. Blair McCaleb had the big hit in the five-run sixth, a bases loaded single that scored two.
The Seminoles added one run in the fourth and five runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the final score of 11-3.
Shannon Sprouse (0-2) took the loss for The Citadel, giving up five runs on five hits, while only striking out two Seminole batters.
Mike Futrell (2-for-3) and Brown (3-for-3) were the only Seminoles with multi-hits on the day.
The Seminoles travel to North Carolina this weekend for a three-game series with the Tar Heels. Game times are set for Friday at 3:30, Saturday at 1:00 and Sunday at 12:00 noon. Matt Lynch (5-0, 3.40 ERA), Robby Read (5-0, 3.45 ERA) and Blair Varnes (4-2, 3.48 ERA) are expected to start on the mound for FSU in the weekend series.