Feb. 17, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – No. 2 Florida State (10-3) completed a sweep of No. 5 Arizona State (7-3) with a 6-4 Sunday victory in front of 3,864 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Trailing 4-0, the Seminoles put up three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to win their fourth straight game. Nick Rogers had a two-run homer in the seventh and Tony Richie came through with the game-winning RBI in the eighth.
The visiting Sun Devils got two runs in the second when Andre Eithier knocked in Jeremy West with a triple, and then scored on Cesar Castillo’s single. Eithier’s triple fell just out of the reach of a diving Mike Futrell in left field.
Arizona State added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to increase the lead to 4-0. Rod Allen hit a solo homer in the fifth and also picked up the RBI in the seventh with a single that scored Nick Walsh.
Florida State finally got it going in the bottom half of the seventh when Tony Richie and Chris Hart drew one out walks. Richie scored from second when ASU pitcher Bryce Kartler threw the ball away on a failed pick-off attempt at first base. Rogers followed with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to right, to make it 4-3.
With Sun Devil closer Robbie McClellan taking the hill for Kartler, FSU put together another rally in the eighth. Blair McCaleb led off with a single and Dominic Robinson took his place at first base as a pinch-runner. Robinson advanced to third on Mike Futrell’s single. Kevin Richmond tied the game at four when he brought Robinson home with a sacrifice fly to center. Scott Toole then singled to right to put runners on the corners once again. Richie’s single to left scored Futrell and put FSU up for the first time at 5-4. The Tribe added an insurance run when Toole stole home as Richie drew a throw from the catcher and started a run-down between first and second.
Junior Daniel Davidson earned his first career victory after working 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. Eric Roman earned his second save in as many days and fourth of the season after working a scoreless ninth. Starter Robby Read went six innings and gave up three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five.
Ryan Barthelemy extended his hitting streak to 31 games and is three shy of J.D. Drew’s school record (34). Futrell was the only Seminole with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Up next for Florida State are home games against Siena (3:30 p.m.) on Friday and Jacksonville (2:00 p.m.) on Saturday. The Seminoles hit the interstate Sunday for a road game at Jacksonville (2:00 p.m.).