May 5, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (43-12, 10-6 ACC) picked up their ninth straight victory with an 18-4 pasting of Duke (21-24, 3-12 ACC) as 2,017 fans looked on at Dick Howser Stadium. Matt Lynch (10-1) became the first 10-win pitcher since Blair Varnes recorded double-digit wins in 2000. The Seminoles tied a season-high with 18 runs on the night. Lynch allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out eight in seven innings of work. Freshman Stephen Drew extended his career-long hitting streak to 11 games.
FSU scored three early runs to take an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Drew got on after a fielding eerror by Duke second baseman Bryan Smith and moved to third on Tony McQuade’s single to left. Drew scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Barthelemy. Richie Smith closed out the scoring in the inning with a two-run single to left.
Duke answered in the top of the second when Bryan Smith’s two-run homer to left made the score 3-2.
In the bottom of the third, with Blair McCaleb and Barthelemy on first and third and no outs,
Jerrod Brown launched a three-run homer over the fence in right to break the game open and give the Seminoles a 6-2 lead
Florida State padded its lead and made it 11-2 with a five-run fourth inning. McQuade’s two-run blast to right highlighted the inning. The Seminoles have now had 20 innings in which they have scored five or more runs.
The Seminoles would add seven more runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to tie their season-high run total of 18. Nick Rogers hit his sixth home of the year, a two-run shot over the scoreboard in left, in the bottom of the seventh.
McQuade (3-for-5), who had three RBI and two runs scored, and McCaleb (3-for-4) led the way for the Seminoles at the plate. A total of six Seminole batters had multiple hits on the night.
Jeff Alleva (5-6) took the loss for the Blue Devils, going three innings while giving up eight hits and eight runs (five earned).
The two teams will continue the series on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU Right-hander Marc LaMacchia (8-1, 2.83 ERA) is scheduled to face Duke right-hander Justin Dilucchio (5-3, 4.23 ERA). The game will be televised live by Sunshine Network.