March 8, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (18-4) handed the Pittsburgh Panthers (10-1-1) their first loss of the season by a score of 7-2 in front of 2,230 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Senior All-American Ryan Barthelemy led the way for the Tribe, knocking in four runs with a double and a home run. Junior left-hander Matt Lynch (5-0) had another impressive outing, allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings of work. Lynch struck out a season-high nine and walked just one.
The Panthers got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first inning on a solo home run by Brad Rea.
FSU wasted no time in answering Pittsburgh’s score, putting up three runs in the bottom of the first. After Jerrod Brown singled and Nick Rogers drew a walk, Barthelemy blasted his second home run of the season over the right field fence to make it 3-1.
The Seminoles added another run in the third inning when Brown walked, advanced to third on a single by Rogers, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Barthelemy.
In the bottom of the sixth, Florida State scored three more to increase the lead to 7-1. Rogers led off with a single and Barthelemy doubled to put runners on second and third for Tony Richie, who knocked both of them in with a double down the left line. Kevin Richmond plated Richie with a double off the screen in right center.
Pittsburgh got one run off FSU reliever Daniel Hodges in the top of the ninth when P.J. Hiser grounded out to score Rea.
Rogers (3-for-3), Barthelemy (2-for-4) and Richie (2-for-4) led the Seminoles at the plate with multi-hit games.
Pittsburgh starter Joe Engel (3-1) took the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits in five innings.
Justin Miller worked a scoreless eighth for the Tribe.
FSU sophomore Tony McQuade saw action as a pinch-hitter, his first appearance since an injury sidelined him on February 16th.
The two teams meet again Saturday with FSU RHP Robby Read (3-0, 3.44 ERA) scheduled to face Pittsburgh RHP Scott Schultz (2-0, 0.00 ERA). Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.