Feb. 8, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 1 Stanford (3-1) topped No. 2 Florida State (6-2) by a score of 9-3 behind a strong pitching performance by ace Jeremy Guthrie in front of 4,524 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Friday afternoon. Guthrie (2-0) went six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out eight and walking two. The Cardinal gave Guthrie all the run support he would need with seven runs in the top of the first inning. The home opening loss was Florida State’s first since losing to Georgia Southern in 1981.
Stanford’s seven-run first inning was keyed by a pair of two-run singles by Carlos Quentin and Donny Lucy. Andy Topham knocked in two more runs with a double down the right field line. FSU starter Blair Varnes (0-1), who had not given up a run in his first two starts, was chased after recording just one out. Varnes gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits.
The Cardinal got those two runs back in the top of the fourth inning on run-scoring singles by Lucy and Topham.
FSU threatened in the top of the seventh when McQuade and Jerrod Brown walked and Scott Toole singled to load the bases. The Seminoles managed just one run in the inning when Kevin Richmond hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Richie Smith grounded out to second.
McQuade and Toole led Florida State offensively with two hits apiece. Ryan Barthelemy singled to extend his career-best hitting streak to 26 games.
The two teams meet again Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with FSU lefty Matt Lynch (2-0) scheduled to face Stanford lefty Tim Cunningham (1-0). Saturday’s game is sold out and only 200 tickets remain for Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. contest.