March 30, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (25-7, 9-1 ACC) defeated No. 24 Wake Forest (19-8, 6-4 ACC) by a score of 12-3 in front of 2,667 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU starter Blair Varnes (5-1) notched a career-high with 13 strikeouts in eight innings of work while Ryan Barthelemy led the Tribe at the plate with five RBI.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a five-run second inning in which the Tribe had four doubles, a single and a walk. Nick Rogers was the first to reach base with a single to right and Jeff Probst followed with a double to left-center to put runners at first and third with one out. Scott Toole then picked up two RBI with a double off the screen in right. After Tony Richie drew a walk, Bryan Zech knocked in Toole with a double down the left field line. John-Ford Griffin’s second double of the game plated Richie and Zech to make it 5-0.
FSU added another run in the top of the fourth when Richie tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
Wake cut the lead to 6-2 on a Jamie D’Antona RBI-groundout and a RBI-single by Ryan Johnson in the fifth inning.
FSU put the game away with five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ryan Barthelemy did most of the damage with a grand slam, his seventh homer of the season.
The Demon Deacons scored one in the seventh and the Seminoles scored one in the eighth for the final margin of 12-3.
In striking out 13, Varnes allowed just one walk. The junior hadn’t allowed an earned run in 20 consecutive innings before Wake scored in the fifth.
Chris Ginn pitched a scoreless ninth with a pair of strikeouts to finish the game.
Griffin upped his season average to an even .500 with a 3-for-4 outing. Zech, Rogers and Barthelemy had two hits each for the Seminoles.
WFU starter Ben Clayton (3-1) took the loss after giving up six earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work.
The series continues Saturday at 7:00 p.m. with FSU RHP Marc LaMacchia (5-0, 3.41 ERA) set to face WFU LHP Cory Sullivan (2-0, 1.80 ERA) in a game televised live by Sunshine.