April 11, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (31-6, 9-4 ACC) lost just their second home game of the season as No. 13 Clemson (25-7, 4-3 ACC) won an 8-4 contest in front of 4,016 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Friday night. Tiger left-hander Tyler Lumsden (7-0) earned the victory, tying a career-high with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work. Lumsden allowed four runs on six hits and walked three. FSU had won nine straight games against Clemson, dating back to 2001, before taking the loss.
Clemson got on the board first with two unearned runs in the top of the third. Steve Pyzik singled through the right side and advanced to third on a fielding error by Chris Hart on Zane Green’s grounder. With runners on the corners, Russell Triplett blooped a double down the right line with two outs to score Pyzik, while Green scored on Jerrod Brown’s errant throw to second.
The Tigers pushed their lead back to two with a run in the fourth. Jeff Hourigan led off with a double, advanced to third on Kyle Frank’s groundout to first and scored when Brown misplayed Pyzik’s liner to first to make the score 3-1.
Clemson got all the runs they would need with a five-spot in the sixth inning. Pyzik knocked in the first two runs with a triple down the third base line and David Slevin followed with an RBI-single to left. Brad McCann made it 8-1 with a two-run single. Pyzik and Slevin, the eight and nine batters, were a combined 5-for-9 on the night.
Tony Richie hit his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth, a two-run shot over the fence in right to cut Clemson’s lead to 8-3. Richie, who went 2-for-4, is now 16-for-36 (.444) in 10 career games against Clemson with five home runs, four doubles and 14 RBI.
Eddy Martinez-Esteve led off the eighth with a solo home run to center to tie Richie for the team lead at seven. Martinez-Esteve (2-for-4) and Richie were the only Seminoles with more than one hit.
Peterson (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up eight runs (four earned) on nine hits. He struck out three and walked two. Glen Simon (2.0), Matt DiBlasi (1.0) and Eddie Cannon (1.0) held the Tigers scoreless over the final four innings.
Florida State and Clemson meet again Saturday night (ACC Game of the Week) at 7:00 p.m. FSU LHP Matt Lynch (7-2, 3.52 ERA) is scheduled to face CU RHP Patrick Hogan (1-1, 1.86 ERA) Saturday.