April 28, 2001
Atlanta, Ga. – The No. 8 Florida State Seminoles (35-13, 15-2 ACC) ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over No. 10 Georgia Tech (32-14, 11-9 ACC) in front of 2,458 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium. Sophomore left Matt Lynch (6-2) picked up the win for the Tribe, allowing just one earned run over seven innings. Mike Futrell and John-Ford Griffin led FSU offensively as they knocked in a total of five runs.
Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Derik Goffena singled home Victor Menocal, who had singled and moved over to second on a groundout.
FSU finally got the bats going with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Scott Toole singled, Griffin walked and Ryan Barthelemy singled to load the bases with no outs. Futrell then came through with a two-RBI single up the middle. Karl Jernigan moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt and Jeff Probst knocked in run number three with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Seminoles tacked on two more in the seventh on Griffin’s 13th home run of the season, a two-run shot to right. Toole was on for Griffin’s homer after doubling down the third base line.
Tech cut FSU’s lead to 5-2 with a single run in the bottom of the eighth. Menocal’s sacrifice fly plated Matthew Boggs, who had reached earlier on an error.
FSU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Futrell.
Toole (2-for-4), Griffin (2-for-2) and Futrell (2-for-4) had multi-hit games for the Tribe. Toole scored a game-high three runs while Futrell recorded a game-high three RBI.
Rhett Parrott (7-4) took the loss for Georgia Tech as he surrendered six earned runs on nine hits in 8.1 innings of work. Parrott, who didn’t give up a run last year in Tallahassee, struck out seven and walked six.
FSU LHP Trent Peterson (4-0) is scheduled to face Tech LHP Kyle Bakker (3-0) at 1:30 p.m. in Sunday’s rubber match.