Feb. 25, 2001
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 13 Florida State (4-5) held on to a 13-11 win on the road against No. 20 Florida (5-7) as 3,854 fans at McKethan Stadium looked on. The four-hour game saw 15 pitchers, 29 hits, 24 runs scored, four errors, five lead changes and five ties.
After scoring just two runs on four hits in Saturday’s 10-inning loss to the Gators, FSU’s bats came alive on Sunday as the Seminoles took a 13-5 lead into the ninth inning. Florida scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull within two at 13-11. Reliever Eric Roman, FSU’s third pitcher in the ninth, put out the fire and recorded the final three outs to earn his first career save.
In the top of the sixth, Florida State scored five runs to take a 10-5 advantage. Ryan Barthelemy hit a two-run home run, his second of the series, Brett Groves added an RBI-single with the other two runs coming on a UF error and a balk.
Scott Toole hit his first FSU home run in the top of the eighth to make it 11-5. Mike Futrell then came through with what would prove to be the game-winning hit with a two-run double to the wall in left center.
FSU starter Matt Lynch (1-1) earned the victory after pitching five innings and allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned) and striking out three batters. Jay Belflower (1-2) took the loss in relief of starter Robbie Wells for UF. Wells lasted just one inning and gave up four earned runs on four hits.
Futrell, who led the team with three RBI on the day, and John-Ford Griffin each collected three hits apiece for the Seminoles. Barthelemy, Nick Rogers, Bryan Zech and Tony Richie had two hits each. Zech joined Barthelemy and Toole in the home run column as FSU hit more home runs in Sunday’s game (three) than they had hit in the first eight games of the season (two).