March 21, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 15 Florida State improved to 20-6 on the season with a 14-2 victory over Akron (3-8) at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles have now won 17 of their last 18 games. Karl Jernigan led the offensive attack with a 4-for-4, four RBI evening. FSU gave starter Trent Peterson (2-0) more than enough run support, as the freshman left-hander allowed just one run on three hits over five innings. Peterson struck out four and did not walk an Akron batter.
FSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning of play thanks to a Chris Cole sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Mike Futrell, his second in as many days. Futrell has already eclipsed his career-high home run total from a year ago with five this season.
Akron scored one in the top of the second when Sean Manfredonia doubled and scored on a single by Mike Lungguth.
In the bottom of the second, the Seminoles responded with four more to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Jeff Probst singled home Brett Groves with a base hit to right and then scored on a wild pitch for the first two runs. Mike Futrell picked up an RBI with a fielder’s choice and Jernigan knocked in the fourth run of the inning with a single to left.
The Tribe added two more in the fourth when John-Ford Griffin doubled and Futrell walked before Jernigan came through with a two-RBI double to right center.
The Zips made it 9-2 when Ty Moorehead homered to right center off reliever Daniel Hodges in the top of the sixth.
Jernigan recorded another RBI in the bottom of the sixth when he singled home Ryan Barthelemy, who had reached on a walk.
FSU scored four runs in the eighth on one hit with the help of four walks, a hit batter and a pair of wild pitches.
Probst (2-for-4), Griffin (2-for-3) and Tony McQuade (2-for-2) joined Jernigan with multi-hit games.
Up next for the Seminoles is a three-game weekend series against ACC opponent North Carolina. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by Sunshine Network.