Feb. 15, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – No. 2 Florida State (8-3) handed No. 5 Arizona State (7-1) its first loss of the season by a score of 9-4 in front of 3,065 at Dick Howser Stadium. Junior Jerrod Brown led the way for the Tribe as he belted a career-high three hits while Nick Rogers, Ryan Barthelemy and Tony McQuade had two hits apiece. All nine FSU starters had at least one hit. The 15-hit attack and nine run total were more than enough for starter Matt Lynch, who improved to 3-0 with the win.
The visiting Sun Devils took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Steve Garrabrants led off with a double and advanced to third when Dustin Pedroia doubled off the screen in right. Rod Allen plated Garrabrants with a groundout and Jeremy West knocked in Pedroia with the third double of the inning.
Florida State tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the second. Mike Futrell scored when Jeff Probst grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. Richie Smith scored the second run on an RBI-single by Brown.
ASU regained the lead when Allen singled, moved to third on a base hit by West, and scored on a groundout by Dennis Wyrick.
In the bottom of the fourth, FSU took the lead for good at 5-3 with three runs. Barthelemy had the first RBI with a bases loaded single to right and Tony Richie followed with a two-RBI base hit up the middle.
The Seminoles upped the lead to 8-3 in the fifth inning on RBI-singles by Bryan Zech, Rogers and Barthelemy.
FSU would add one more in the eighth on Probst’s RBI-double and ASU put one on the board in the top of the ninth for the final margin of 9-4.
Lynch (3-0) allowed three runs on nine hits over six innings, striking out four without a walk. Daniel Hodges worked the final three innings and gave up one run on four hits for his first save of the year.
Arizona State starter Ryan Schroyer (1-1) took the loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings. Schroyer walked five while striking out three.
Barthelemy extended his career-best hitting streak to 29 games and is now just five shy of J.D. Drew’s school record of 34.
The two teams continue the series Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU right-hander Blair Varnes (1-1) is scheduled to face ASU right-hander Mike Esposito (2-0). The game will be carried live by Sunshine Network in Florida and also in Arizona by Fox Sports.