April 21, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Sophomore Tony McQuade knocked in a career-high five runs as he led No. 8 Florida State (38-12, 6-6 ACC) to a 13-1 victory over No. 5 Georgia Tech (32-8, 8-6 ACC) in front of 3,166 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Sunday afternoon. McQuade went 2-for-3 on the day with a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a two-run double in the seventh inning. The sweep of the Yellow Jackets improved FSU’s record against Top 10 opponents to 10-4.
FSU starter Marc LaMacchia (7-1) earned the victory after allowing just one run in six innings of work. LaMacchia scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out two. Daniel Hodges didn’t give up a run in the final three innings to earn his sixth save of the season.
For the first time in the series, the Seminoles got on the board first. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the first Nick Rogers was hit by a pitch to bring in Tony McQuade for the early 1-0 lead.
Georgia Tech knotted the game up at one when Matt Murton’s sacrifice fly to center scored Vector Menocal.
The Seminoles broke the tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Ryan Barthelemy knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice groundout. Blair McCaleb followed with a two-run double down the left field line to make it 4-1.
FSU took control with four runs in the sixth inning. Tony Richie was hit by a pitch and Bryan Zech reached on an error before Stephen Drew’s RBI-single to center. Tony McQuade’s third homer of the season, a three-run shot just inside the foul pole in right field, put the Tribe up 8-1 after six innings of play.
McQuade added to the lead and his RBI total with a two-run double down the left field line in the seventh inning.
Drew (3-for-4), McCaleb (2-for-3) and Zech (2-for-3) joined McQuade in the multi-hit category for the Seminoles.
Up next for the Seminoles is a three-game home series with NC State. Game times at Dick Howser Stadium are set for 7:00 p.m. Friday, 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.