April 21, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 6 Miami Hurricanes (32-10) topped No. 3 Florida State (34-11) by a score of 9-6 in front of a season-high crowd of 5,051 at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU took the loss despite an impressive performance by Karl Jernigan on Senior Day. Jernigan, who was one of five seniors honored prior to the game, went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.
Charlton Jimerson’s homer on the first pitch of the game put UM on the board in the top of the first inning.
FSU answered with a run in the bottom of the second when Nick Rogers walked, moved to second on Mike Futrell’s sacrifice bunt, and scored when Hurricane starter Brian Walker’s threw the ball away on a Jeff Probst bunt.
The Hurricanes scored two runs in the fourth, one run in the fifth and one more in the top of the sixth to open up a 5-1 lead. Mike DiRosa launched a two-run homer in the fourth, Danny Matienzo singled in Javy Rodriguez in the fifth, and Mike Rodriguez scored on an FSU error in the sixth.
The Seminoles got two back in the bottom of the sixth to cut the UM lead to 5-3 when Jerngian homered to left. Barthelemey was for Jernigan’s fourth homers of the season after reaching on a base hit to right.
After Miami scored one in the top of the seventh, FSU bounced back to tie the game at six apiece with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Tony Richie doubled and Bryan Zech singled to put runners on first and third with nobody out. Barthelemy knocked in Richie with a double to right center and Jernigan followed with a two-RBI single to left.
UM took the lead for good in the top of the eighth on Kevin Brown’s two-run homer to. Marcus Nettles was on first for the home run as a pinch-runner for Kevin Mannix, who had singled.
The Hurricanes added an insurance run in the ninth on Kevin Howard’s RBI-single.
Florida State and Miami will complete the series Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. FSU LHP Trent Peterson (4-0) is scheduled to face UM RHP Tom Farmer (8-2).
Vince Vazquez (2-1) was the winner in relief while FSU’s Daniel Hodges (3-1) took the loss. George Huguet worked the ninth to earn his 10th save of the season.