April 20, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (34-10) fell to No. 6 Miami (31-10) by a score of 7-5 in front of a season-high Dick Howser Stadium crowd of 4,736. The Seminoles led 5-1 after five innings, but the Hurricanes scored six runs over the last four innings to take win. Mike DiRosa’s two-run homer tied the game at five in the top of the seventh and Danny Matienzo’s solo homer in the eighth proved to be the game-winner.
FSU scored two unearned runs in the first inning to take the early lead. John-Ford Griffin singled and moved to second on a passed ball. Ryan Barthelemy followed with a single and took second on an error by UM left fielder Marcus Nettles to put runners at second and third. Griffin scored on an RBI-groundout by Karl Jernigan and Barthelemy scored on a wild pitch.
UM got an unearned run in the second inning to make it 2-1 when Kris Clute’s double scored Mike Rodriguez, who had reached on an error.
The Seminoles stretched the lead to 5-1 after five innings of play. Jernigan tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and Barthelemy hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his 10th of the season.
After Kevin Howard’s double plated Charlton Jimerson in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-2, the Hurricanes tied it up with three runs in the seventh. Mike Rodriguez led off the inning with a homer to right and DiRosa’s two-run shot to left center evened the game at five. Clute was on board for DiRosa’s homer after singling to center.
Matienzo’s homer to right in the eighth off FSU reliever Eric Roman was the game-winning hit.
The `Canes added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on an RBI-single by Jimerson.
Just as in last Friday’s game at Miami, neither FSU starter Blair Varnes or UM starter Kiki Bengochea figured in the decision. Varnes worked 6.1 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out eight. Bengochea went 6.0 innings and allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits.
Luke DeBold (2-1) picked up the win in relief after throwing 1.1 scoreless innings. George Huguet held FSU in check in the ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.
The series continues Saturday at Dick Howser with FSU LHP Matt Lynch (5-2) scheduled to face UM LHP Brian Walker (8-2). The game will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised live by Sunshine.