March 3, 2002
The top-ranked Florida State baseball team defeated No. 6 Florida by a score of 9-4 in front of 4,150 fans on a cold afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles have now won five straight and swept Florida for the second time in three years. Florida State improved to 17-4 on the season while Florida fell to 11-2. Freshman Kevin Lynch (2-0), who has defeated UF for his first two career victories, earned the win in relief after allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings. FSU’s six-run seventh inning, capped by Jerrod Brown’s triple with the bases loaded, proved to be the difference.
Florida State has won nine of the last 11 against Florida and leads the all-time series by a mark of 105-83. Mike Martin is now 51-38 all-time against the Gators.
The Gators would stretch their lead to 4-1 with three runs over the next three innings. A solo home run by Mark Kiger in the third inning and a two-run shot by Matt Goss gave UF a three-run lead after five innings of play.
Tony Richie helped Florida State get back some of the momentum with a two-run homer to right field, his third of the year, in the bottom of the sixth.
Trailing 4-3, FSU took control with six runs in the seventh inning. Ryan Barthelemy tied the score with a bases loaded sacrifice fly to center. After Richie was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, Mike Futrell scored from third on a wild pitch to give the Seminoles their first lead of the game at 5-4. Brown’s triple to center plated three more runs and Scott Toole made it 9-4 when he knocked in Brown with a double down the third base line.
FSU starter Robby Read allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked one. UF reliever Kevin Coleman (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Gator starter Keith Ramsey allowed four runs on four hits in six innings.
Richie was 1-for-1 on the day for the Tribe with three runs scored (two walks and one hit by pitch). Futrell was the only Seminole with more than one hit (2-for-5).
Florida State returns to action on Friday with a weekend series against Pittsburgh. Game times at Dick Howser Stadium are set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.