March 26, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – Sophomore right-hander Marc LaMacchia threw six strong innings and freshman Stephen Drew returned to the lineup for the first time since February 1st as No. 5 Florida State (27-8) defeated Mercer (13-13) by a score of 11-2 at Dick Howser Stadium. LaMacchia ran his record to 5-0 with the victory, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in six innings. Drew, who fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot at Hawaii 28 games ago, led off the game as the Seminole designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a three-run double.
Mercer took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a solo home run to right by Drew Starke.
The Seminoles took control in the bottom half of the inning with a six-run rally. Tony McQuade scored the first run when Scott Toole was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Drew cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right center. Mike Futrell followed with a doubled down the third base line to score Drew. After Futrell advanced to third on a wild pitch, Ryan Barthlemey came through with a RBI-groundout.
Florida State added single runs in the fifth and sixth to increase the lead to 8-2. Toole knocked in the run in the fifth on a bunt base hit and McQuade had an RBI-double in the sixth.
Barthelemy’s two-run single in the eighth inning concluded the scoring and gave the Tribe an 11-2 victory.
Mercer starter Byron Kiefer (1-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on no hits in 1.1 innings. Kiefer walked four and hit two batters.
The Seminoles travel to Wake Forest this weekend for a three-game series with the Demon Deacons. Game times are set for Friday at 1:30, Saturday at 1:00 and Sunday at 12:00 noon. Matt Lynch (5-0, 3.53 ERA), Robby Read (5-1, 3.98 ERA) and Blair Varnes (4-3, 3.86 ERA) will start on the mound for FSU in the weekend series.