April 12, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (32-6, 10-4 ACC) topped No. 13 Clemson (25-8, 4-4 ACC) by a final of 7-2 in front of 4,125 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Saturday night. Seminole head coach Mike Martin moved into a tie with Ron Fraser for eighth on the NCAA all-time victory list at 1,271. Senior left-hander Matt Lynch (8-2) got the win, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings of work. Junior Rhett James struck out a career-high five batters and held Clemson scoreless over innings six through eight with Daniel Hodges finishing off the Tigers in ninth.
The Seminoles got their first lead of the series with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Stephen Drew led of the game with a home run, his fourth of the year. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Tony McQuade stole second and took third on a passed ball before coming home on Tony Richie’s RBI-single to left. Drew’s leadoff home run was the first for a Seminole since Karl Jernigan hit one against Florida on February 20, 2000.
Clemson made the score 2-1 when third baseman Brad McCann led off the second inning with a solo homer to left.
McQuade scored his second run of the game in the third inning to give the Seminoles a 3-1 lead. McQuade reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and third as a misplayed ball by McCann at third on the steal allowed McQuade to score.
Florida State increased their lead to 5-1 with two runs in the fifth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jerrod Brown singled to right to plate Drew and Eddy Martinez-Esteve. Drew took a walk, Martinez-Esteve doubled down the left line and Richie was intentionally walked to load the bases for the two-run hit. Brown is now 18-for-23 (.783) in his career at FSU with the bases loaded.
Michael Johnson’s solo homer in the sixth cut the Seminoles lead to 5-2.
Drew (2-for-3) was the only Seminole with more than one hit and Johnson (2-for-3) had Clemson’s only multi-hit day.
CU RHP Patrick Hogan (1-2) took the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on five hits over five innings.
Hodges is now tied for first all-time at FSU with 111 career relief appearances.
Florida State and Clemson will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.. FSU LHP Daniel Davidson (5-0, 1.66 ERA) is scheduled to face CU RHP Steven Jackson (4-1, 3.83 ERA) Saturday.