April 11, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (32-7, 14-1 ACC) picked up their eighth straight victory with a 9-4 win over Jacksonville (22-13) in front of 1,533 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Wednesday night. John-Ford Griffin and Ryan Barthelemy homered to lead FSU’s 13-hit attack.
Seminole freshman left-hander Trent Peterson improved to 4-0 on the season as he worked five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits on the night. Peterson has not given up more than one earned run in any of his six career starts.
FSU took the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases loaded after a single by Nick Rogers and back-to-back walks to Jeff Probst and Scott Toole, Tony Richie knocked in the first run of the game with a single to the hole at shortstop. Byran Zech then followed with a two-RBI single to right center.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Seminoles scored four more to make it 7-0. Toole tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Richie before back-to-back home runs by Griffin and Barthelemy. Griffin’s two-run shot scored Zech, who had reached after being hit by a pitch.
The Dolphins trimmed the lead to 7-3 on Billy Kickham’s solo home run in the top of the sixth and Jami Rodgers’ two-RBI single in the seventh.
The Seminoles scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. After Rogers singled, Toole came through with his second triple of the game. Toole sprained his ankle on the play and Chris Hart took his place as a pinch-runner. Hart scored on a JU throwing error to make it 9-3.
JU scored one more in the top of the ninth on Brook Hoover’s run-scoring double to left center.
Right-hander Josh Khoury took the loss for the Dolphins after giving up three earned runs on four hits in just 1.1 innings.
Toole had a career night before leaving the game with the injury, going 3-for-3 with two triples and a double. Griffin (3-for-5), Barthelemy (2-for-4) and Rogers (2-for-4) also had multi-hit games for the Tribe.
FSU travels to Miami this weekend for a three-game series with the eighth-ranked Hurricanes. Game times at Mark Light Stadium are set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday . Junior Blair Varnes (6-1) will start against UM on Friday night.