March 1, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (15-2) scored seven runs in the
first three innings and five more in the seventh as they cruised to a 12-1
victory over Charleston Southern (9-8) this afternoon in front of 939 fans
at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU has now won nine straight heading into a
three-game home series with Pittsburgh this weekend.
Freshman LHP Matt Lynch made his first career FSU start and got the win
after allowing one run on five hits in five innings of work. Lynch, now
2-0 on the year, struck out four and walked just one.
“Matt did a very good job in his first start,” said head coach Mike Martin.
“You don’t know how someone will react until you put them in that situation.
He showed a lot of poise on the mound today. He has pitched in a lot big
games in high school, beating Bobby Bradley (who committed to FSU before
being selected in the first round of the MLB Draft and signing with
Pittsburgh) in one of those games. Some people can’t handle it, but he
showed us he’s ready to go.”
Right fielder Chris Smith had one of his best games as a Seminole, going
3-for-5 with a home run and a double. Smith, who is now hitting .388 on the
season, recorded a career-high five RBI and also scored three runs while
extending his hitting streak to 13 games.
“It’s been a real good start for me,” said Smith. “I am seeing the ball
real well and I think I’ve got my swing down. I feel relaxed at the plate
and right now we have everybody in the lineup contributing.”
In the bottom of the first, Smith led off with a single to right and
shortstop Brett Groves singled to center to put runners on the corners.
Second baseman Marshall McDougall walked to load the bases and all runners
moved up a base on a wild pitch with Smith scoring the first run of the
game. Third baseman Ryan Barthelemy followed with a single to right to
knock in Groves and McDougall, making it 3-0 FSU.
The Buccaneers scored their only run of the game in the top of the second
inning. First baseman Brandon Massey walked and moved to second on third
baseman Garrett Veirs’ single. The two runners moved up to second and third
on a double steal. After DH Patrick Siemers was hit by a pitch, catcher
Chris Kellett collected the RBI with a sacrifice fly to right. Lynch worked
his way out of the jam with no further damage by inducing a fly ball out and
a ground ball out back to the mound.
Smith made it 5-1 in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer to right,
his fourth of the year. Catcher Blair McCaleb was aboard after taking a walk.
The Tribe added two more in the third to up the lead to 7-1. Mike Futrell,
Pichi Balet and McCaleb walked to load the bases with one out. Smith picked
up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right to score Futrell, and Balet scored
an unearned run when CSU right fielder Kyle Leon threw the ball to first
base, which was unoccupied.
FSU put the game completely out of reach in the seventh with five more runs.
Bobby Spano and McCaleb walked before Smith knocked them in with a double.
Groves and McDougall followed with back-to-back home runs to complete the
McDougall had four walks on the day, finishing 1-for-1 with the homer.
Groves (2-for-6), Barthelemy (2-for-4) and Karl Jernigan (2-for-5) had
multi-hit outings for the Seminoles along with Smith.
RHP Robert Tyree took the loss for CSU, giving up five earned runs in just
one inning of work.
The Friday and Saturday games against Pittsburgh will start at 6:00 p.m.
with Sunday’s contest scheduled for 1:00 p.m.