April 13, 2002
CORAL GABLES, FLA. – The No. 8 Florida State Seminoles (33-11) hit three home runs and got a strong pitching performance by Blair Varnes as they defeated Miami (18-17) by a score of 9-3 at Mark Light Stadium in Coral Gables Saturday night. Senior right-hander Blair Varnes allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings of work. Varnes struck out six and walked one as he improved to 5-3 on the year. Senior center fielder Nick Rogers went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
The Seminoles got the scoring started early with one run in the top of the first. Rogers was hit by a pitch and stole second before Ryan Barthelemy hit an RBI-double off the wall in right to bring in the run.
Miami tied the game up at one in the bottom of the fourth on a Danny Matienzo RBI-single to left that scored Danny Figueroa from second.
Back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning by Rogers and Barthelemy gave FSU a 4-1 advantage. Rogers launched a two-run shot over the left field wall with Bryan Zech on board after a single up the middle. Barthelemy followed with a first-pitch homer to right, his 11th of the year. The last time FSU hit back-to-back homers was on February 26th earlier this season against Western Carolina when Blair McCaleb and Bryan Zech accomplished the feat in Tallahassee.
FSU tacked on five more runs on the seventh to take control of the game at 9-1. McCaleb capped the scoring in the inning when he knocked in three with an inside-the-park home run.
Miami’s Haas Pratt completed the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.
Seminole reliever Daniel Davidson worked the final two innings without giving up a run or a hit. Davidson walked one and struck out one.
T.J. Prunty (4-3) took the loss for the Hurricanes after allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings.
The two teams will close out the six-game series Sunday at 1:00 at Mark Light Stadium. The Seminoles will attempt to sweep the three games at Miami for the first team since the two teams began the six-game series. FSU right-hander Marc LaMacchia (5-1, 1.80 ERA) will get his first weekend start of the year against Miami’s Kiki Bengochea (2-4, 6.18 ERA). The game will be shown tape delay on Fox Sports at 10:00 p.m.