March 28, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (24-7) lost at home for just the second this year as No. 18 The Citadel (21-7) used a ninth inning rally to defeat the Seminoles 5-2 at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU took a 2-0 lead into the ninth before the Bulldogs scored five runs to pick up the victory.
The Seminoles went up 2-0 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Chris Cole doubled down the left field line to get things going. Karl Jernigan and Mike Futrell followed with walks to load the bases. Cole scored on a wild pitch and Jernigan scored on an RBI-single by Jeff Probst.
FSU took the 2-0 lead into the ninth with closer Justin Lord on the mound. Stuart Jordan doubled to lead off the inning and David Griffin singled to put runners on first and third. Pinch-hitter Brook Dantzler knocked in the first run with a base hit to left center. After Hudson Belk walked to load the bases, Andy Phillips singled to right to tie the game at two. Nick Whidden then came in to relieve Lord and gave up an RBI-single to Daryl Bird, a sacrifice fly to Dallas McPherson and another RBI-single to Philip Hartig.
Florida State was 24-0 with a lead going into the eighth inning prior to today’s loss. The Seminoles are now 21-2 at Dick Howser Stadium.
Randy Corn (4-1) was the winner in relief for the Bulldogs. Corn did not allow a hit over the final two innings. McPherson started the game and surrendered two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work.
FSU starter Trent Peterson worked six scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. Peterson walked one and struck out two. Daniel Hodges also saw time on the mound, pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth inning.
John-Ford Griffin (2-for-4) was the only Seminole with more than one hit as the Tribe totaled just five hits as a team.
The Seminoles return to ACC action this weekend with a three-game home series with Wake Forest. The Friday and Saturday games are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s game will start at 1:00 p.m.