April 8, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (31-7, 14-1 ACC) swept No. 8 Clemson (21-12, 5-34 ACC) for the first time since 1995 with a 6-1 Sunday victory at Dick Howser Stadium. Daniel Hodges (2-0) made an early relief appearance and got the win for FSU, working a career-long 7.2 innings without allowing a run. Hodges gave up five hits, struck out three and walked one.
With the victory, FSU completed the home portion of the ACC schedule undefeated (12-0) for the first time in school history. In addition, Seminole head coach Mike Martin moved into 13th place by himself with his 1,163rd all-time NCAA Division IA win.
Clemson took advantage of a shaky outing by FSU starter Robby Read in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. With one out, Read walked three straight batters and was pulled in favor Hodges with a 2-0 count and the bases loaded. Hodges got the Seminoles out of the inning after a sacrifice fly and a groundout.
FSU tied it up with a run in the bottom of the first inning. After back-to-back singles by Bryan Zech and John-Ford Griffin to lead off the inning, Ryan Barthelemy came through with a RBI-single to left. Griffin was thrown out at the plate when he attempted to score on Karl Jernigan’s fly ball to right.
Jernigan continued his outstanding play against the Tigers with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, his second of the series and third of the season. Jernigan also made a pair of diving catches in center to take away what would have been two Clemson hits. He totaled a team-high nine putouts in the game.
Nick Rogers’ two-run double in the bottom of the eighth upped the lead to 6-1. Griffin and Richie Smith were on board after a double and a walk, respectively.
Clemson starter Nick Glaser took the loss after surrendering three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.
Reliever Eric Roman finished the game with a scoreless ninth for the Tribe.
The next game on the FSU schedule is a home contest on Wednesday, April 11th against Jacksonville at 6:00 p.m.