April 5, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Behind the pitching of left-hander Matt Lynch, No. 2 Florida State (30-5, 8-3 ACC) defeated No. 14 Wake Forest (20-9, 6-4 ACC) by a final of 7-2 as 3,438 fans looked on at Dick Howser Stadium Saturday night. Lynch (7-2) worked six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. He is now 36-6 over his four years at Florida State and now ranks fourth in ACC history in career victories. With the win, the Seminoles took over sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
Wake Forest took the early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. Ryan Hubbard singled to right and Jamie D’Antona drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Brad Scioletti’s single to right center scored Hubbard and D’Antona was able to score the second run on a fielding error by FSU center fielder Matt Sauls.
FSU tied the game at two with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Tony Richie singled, moved to second on a walk to McQuade, and then scored on an errant throw to first by Wake Forest shortstop Ben Ingold.
The Seminoles batted around in the sixth inning and took the lead for good at 7-2. McQuade led off with a home run and Sauls added a two-run homer to left. Hart had an RBI-triple to score Jerrod Brown, who had reached on a double to center. Derrick Smith plated the fifth run of the inning when he ripped a single to right to bring home Hart.
Hart (2-for-3, 2 RBI), McQuade (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Sauls (2-for-3, 2 RBI) led the Tribe offensively.
Tim Morley (2-2) took the loss for Wake Forest, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings.
The Seminoles and Demon Deacons conclude the series on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. FSU LHP Daniel Davidson (4-0, 0.84 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for Florida State. Wake Forest’s starter has yet to be determined.