May 12, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (48-12, 15-6 ACC) defeated Maryland (33-22, 6-18 ACC) for their 14th straight win by a score of 6-5 in front of 2,047 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Sunday. In addition to the winning streak, the Seminoles have now swept each of their last five three-game series. After Maryland rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the score at five, Nick Rogers drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to give FSU a 6-5 victory.
Maryland got on the board first in the top of the third on Matt Swope’s two-run double to left.
Florida State got its first runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh as they tied the score at two. Tony McQuade led off the frame with a walk and Ryan Barthelemy followed with a single to right, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Tony Richie’s two-run double down the third base line scored McQuade and Barthelemy.
The Seminoles took the lead with three runs in the eighth. Stephen Drew led off with a bunt base hit and McQuade was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Barthelemy followed with a triple off the wall in left center to make it 4-2. Rogers singled to left to score Barthelemy and increase the lead to three.
The Terps tied the game at five with three runs in the top of the ninth. Jason Maxey knocked in two with a double to left center and Kyle George forced FSU to bat in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI-single to left.
In the bottom of the ninth, Richie Smith reached on a fielding error by Terp shortstop John McCurdy and moved to third on a single by Drew. Maryland intentionally walked Barthelemy to load the bases with two outs and Rogers picked up the game-winning RBI when a drew a four pitch walk.
Daniel Hodges (3-1) earned the victory, retiring the final two Maryland batters in the ninth. Brad Lyons (3-3) took the loss for Maryland after giving up the unearned run in the bottom of the ninth.
Barthelemy moved into a tie for second all-time at FSU with his 14th career triple.
The Seminoles will close out the 2002 regular season next weekend at Clemson. The game times are set for 7:15 p.m. on Friday, 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. ACC Tournament action begins the following week, May 21-26 in St. Petersburg, FL at Al Lang Stadium. Tickets are available through the Seminole Athletic ticket office by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE or on the web at www.seminoles.com.