April 6, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (29-7, 12-1 ACC) defeated No. 8 Clemson (21-10, 5-2 ACC) by a score of 7-4 in front of 4,180 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU starter Blair Varnes (6-1) struck out five in seven innings of work, his sixth straight outing of seven or more innings. Ryan Barthelemy had four RBI, going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple to lead Florida State at the plate. Seminole head coach Mike Martin recorded his 1,161st victory and moved into a tie for 14th on the NCAA Division IA all-time win list with former Clemson head coach Bill Wilhelm.
Clemson scored first with three runs in the top of the second inning. With one out, Michael Johnson walked, moved to second on a walk to Chad Coder and took third on a fly ball. Johnson scored on a double steal and Jarrod Schmidt homer to right scored Coder to make it 3-0.
FSU got one back in the fourth when Clemson starter Steve Reba balked with Mike Futrell on third. Futrell reached on a single, moved to second on a Karl Jernigan single and moved to third on a groundout.
Barthelemy pulled the Seminoles within one when his triple to right-center scored John-Ford Griffin.
The Tribe took the lead for good with a five-spot in the bottom of the sixth. After Reba was pulled in favor of Paul Harrelson with the bases loaded and one out. Tony Richie knocked in Jernigan when his grounder to second was mishandled by CU second baseman Ryan Riley. Griffin’s followed with an RBI-single to right to score Nick Rogers. Barthelemy’s double off the wall in right-center plated the final three runs of the inning.
Schmidt’s second homer of the game, a solo shot to left in the seventh, provided the final scoring of the contest.
The two through six batters in the Seminole order (Griffin, Barthelemy, Futrell, Jernigan and Nick Rogers) had two hits each.
Reba (5-1) took his first loss of the season after giving up five runs (three earned runs) on seven hits in 5.1 innings pitched.
The two teams will play again Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised live from Dick Howser Stadium by Sunshine. FSU RHP Marc LaMacchia (5-0, 3.89 ERA) is scheduled to face CU RHP Matt Henrie (3-0, 2.08 ERA).