April 7, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (30-7, 13-1 ACC) defeated No. 8 Clemson (21-11, 5-3 ACC) by a score of 7-6 in front of a season-high Dick Howser Stadium crowd of 4,461. Senior center fielder Karl Jernigan went 2-for-3 with one home run, three RBI and three runs scored to lead FSU at the plate. Jernigan also made a key diving catch to save a run in the top of the ninth inning.
Matt Lynch picked up the victory in relief of starter Marc LaMacchia. Lynch went 4.2 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Justin Lord gave up a solo home run in the ninth, but earned his ninth save of the season.
FSU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Jernigan walked and eventually scored on an RBI-single by Scott Toole, who had a career-high three hits on the night.
Clemson put two runs on the board in the third on a two-run homer by Jeff Baker. The homer scored Casey Stone, who had reached on an error.
The Seminoles answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. After a single by Mike Futrell, Jernigan ripped his second home run of the season over the left field wall.
In the top of the fourth, Clemson regained the lead at 4-3. Khalil Greene led off with a double to left and Zane Green knocked him in with a double to right. Greene took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Stone.
FSU took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. After singles by John-Ford Griffin and Futrell, Jernigan followed with a run scoring double down the third base line. Futrell then scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Rogers. After Jeff Probst walked, Toole came through with his second RBI-single of the night to score Jernigan. Toole and Probst moved up a base on a CU fielding error. Tony Richie made the Tigers pay for the mistake with a run scoring single to shortstop.
The Tigers added a run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Baker and Michael Johnson.
Lord came in to work the ninth and Chad Coder led off the inning with a fly ball to the warning track in center. Running full speed, Jernigan made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch for the first out. The catch saved a run as Baker followed with his second homer of the game. After an error and a single, Lord retired the final two batters on a pop-up to third and a strikeout.
FSU will attempt the three-game series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. RHP Robby Read (5-3, 4.34 ERA) will throw for the Seminoles with RHP Nick Glaser (3-0, 2.41 ERA) scheduled to start for CU.