March 9, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles (19-4) extended their winning streak to seven games with an 11-2 victory over Pittsburgh (10-2-1) in front of 2,912 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Saturday evening. Ryan Barthelemy, who had a home run and four RBI Friday night, continued his tear at the plate with his second home run in as many days and three more RBI. FSU right-hander Robby Read (4-0) tied his career-high with eight strikeouts, earning the win after allowing just two runs in six innings of work.
As they did Friday night, the Panthers scored first with a run in the top of the first inning. Michael Bell singled moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a base hit by Rolando Bello.
The Seminoles broke it wide open with eight runs in the bottom of the second inning. FSU sent 12 batters to the plate, recording 12 hits and taking advantage of three Panther errors. Nick Rogers and Barthelemy knocked in two runs apiece in the inning.
Florida State added two more in the third inning to stretch the lead to 10-1. Kevin Richmond doubled, took third on a single by Bryan Zech, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Toole. Zech scored the second run on a balk by Pitt reliever Eric Ackerman.
The Panthers scored one more in the fifth when Scott Folmar singled, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Bryan Spamer.
Barthelemy made it 11-2 in the eighth with a solo home run over the right field fence, his third of the season.
Eight of the nine FSU starters had a hit with Zech and Richie Smith joining Barthelemy with two hits each.
Pittsburgh starter Scott Schultz (2-1) took the loss after giving up 10 runs (eight earned) in just two innings of action. Schultz had not given up a run in 15 innings prior to Saturday’s start. Ackerman took over in the third and gave up just one run in six innings.
The two teams complete the three-game series on Sunday with FSU RHP Blair Varnes (2-2, 4.35 ERA) scheduled to face Pittsburgh RHP Don Rhoten (2-0, 0.64 ERA). Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.