April 19, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The No. 8 Florida State Seminoles (36-12, 4-6 ACC) picked up their first Friday night ACC victory with a 4-3 win over No. 5 Georgia Tech (32-6, 8-4 ACC) as 4,177 fans looked on at Dick Howser Stadium Friday night. Stephen Drew’s two-run homer in the fifth inning gave FSU a 3-2 lead and his single to score Tony Richie in the seventh was the game-winning RBI. Matt Lynch (8-1) earned the victory and Daniel Hodges notched his fifth save of the season.
The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first inning. Eric Patterson singled, stole second and scored on Drew’s fielding error at shortstop.
Georgia Tech added another run when Jeremy Slayden hit a solo home run to lead off the third inning.
Richie led off the fifth inning with a double, but had only moved up one base two outs later. Drew’s two-run homer to right, his seventh of the year, gave the Seminoles their first lead at 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Tribe made it 4-2 when Richie came around to score on a two-out single from Drew. All four FSU runs were scored with two outs.
Tech would get one run back in the eighth on an RBI-single by Patterson.
Hodges worked the final three innings and struck out Brandon Boggs to end the game with a runner on second in the ninth for his fifth save of the year. Hodges allowed one run on six hits while striking out three. FSU starter Matt Lynch was the winner after giving up two runs (one earned) in six innings. Lynch struck out six and walked two.
Yellow Jacket starter Kyle Bakker (9-1) suffered his first loss of the season. Bakker gave up four runs on nine hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked one.
The series continues Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with FSU right-hander Blair Varnes (5-3) scheduled to face Georgia Tech right-hander Jeff Watchko (6-1). Saturday’s contest is the ACC Game of the Week and will be carried live by Sunshine Network and Fox Sports South. The series concludes Sunday at 1:00 p.m.