May 6, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – No. 3 Florida State (44-12, 11-6 ACC) cruised to another big victory over Duke (21-26, 3-14 ACC) for their 10th straight win by a score of 18-5 in front of 2,046 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Daniel Davidson (5-0) earned the victory in relief after allowing two runs (one earned) in five innings of work. Davidson struck out a career-high seven and had an RBI-single, his first career hit, in the eighth. Stephen Drew went 3-for-5 and extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games. Drew tied a career-high with five RBI on the night, which included a grand slam in the fourth inning. The Seminoles tied their season-high run total of 18 for the second game in a row.
Duke led off the top of the first with back-to-back doubles by Brian Patrick and Kevin Kelly to take an early 1-0 lead.
The Seminoles tied the game at one after Jerrod Brown and Nick Rogers were hit by pitch and Richie Smith was walked to load the bases. Tony Richie then hit his seventh sacrifice fly of the season to score Brown from third.
The Blue Devils regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third. Larry Broadway’s RBI-single scored Kelly and Troy Caradonna scored Broadway with a sacrifice fly to left for a 3-1 lead.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Drew took a 1-1 pitch deep over the fence in right field for his second grand slam of the season to give the Tribe a 6-3 lead.
FSU made it 10-3 with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Rogers and Brown led off the inning with walks and Smith reached on an error. Bryan Zech started the scoring with a single to left that brought home Nick Rogers and Brown. Drew’s double to right scored Smith for his fifth RBI of the game. Zech closed out the scoring on Tony McQuade’s groundout.
Rogers’ solo home run to right, his seventh of the year, increased FSU’s lead to 11-3.
Duke cut the lead down to five with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, but the Seminoles answered with three in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Barthelemy’s 15th homer of the year accounted for the second and third runs. Zech came home on an error for the first run of the inning.
The Seminoles tacked on four more in the bottom of the eighth for the 18-5 final. Jeff Probst had an RBI-double, Davidson helped his cause with his first career hit to knock in a run, and Dominic Robinson also recorded his first career hit with a two-run double down the right field line.
The Seminoles will go for their fourth straight series sweep on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU Right-hander Blair Varnes (5-3, 4.31 ERA) is scheduled to face Blue Devil left-hander Tim Layden (4-7, 5.35 ERA).