March 20, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (19-6) defeated Akron (3-7) by a score of 8-2 at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU starter Matt Lynch improved to 3-1 with the win. Lynch, who worked six innings, gave up one unearned run on six hits and struck out three. Mike Futrell and John-Ford Griffin each homered for the Seminoles, with Futrell recording a game-high four RBI and Griffin scoring a game-high three runs.
Futrell put the Seminoles on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run homer off the scoreboard in left. Griffin singled and Chris Cole walked prior to the home run, which was Furell’s fourth of the season.
FSU added another run in the third when Futrell singled and scored on a Chris Hart double to right center.
Akron made it 4-1 when Ty Moorhead’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth scored Tom Lindhe, who had reached on an error.
Griffin got the run back in the bottom half of the inning when he launched his ninth home run of the season over the right field fence. In just 25 games this season, Griffin has already matched his season-high in home runs.
Karl Jernigan reached on a bunt single, stole second and came around to score on an error by AU second baseman Ryan Lucas to push the lead to 6-1.
Jernigan stole his second and third bases of the night before crossing the plate on a bunt base hit by Brett Groves to make it 7-1.
Akron scored another unearned run in the top of the eighth and FSU added a run of their own in the bottom of the inning for the final margin of 8-2.
Akron starter Ben McCauley took the loss after surrendering three runs on two hits in two innings of work.
The two teams meet again Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with LHP Trent Peterson (1-0) scheduled to start for FSU.