May 17, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – Florida State used six runs in the fifth inning, including
five with two outs, on its way to a 9-3 victory over Clemson. The
second-ranked Seminoles won their 15th straight game and improved to
49-12 (16-6 ACC) while dropping the top-ranked Tigers to 44-10 (16-6
Starter Matt Lynch (12-1) scattered 10 hits over 7.1 innings, allowing
three runs and no walks while striking out three, to get the win for the
Seminoles. Steve Reba (11-2) picked up his first loss in 19 starts for
Clemson after yielding nine runs in 5.1 innings.
Khalil Greene started the Clemson first with some fireworks. The senior
extended his hitting streak to 20 games after taking a 3-2 pitch deep
over the fence in left for a two-run home run. The blast was Greene’s
20th of the year, tying him with teammate Jeff Baker for the team lead.
Greene and Baker are the first Clemson pair to hit 20 home runs each in
the same season.
Florida State got one run back in the third inning. After a pair of
singles put runners at first and third, Ryan Barthelemy’s two-out single
to right made the score 2-1. The Seminoles then took the lead with a
six-run fifth inning. Stephen Drew knocked in Michael Futrell with an
RBI single and the Seminoles put runners on first and second with two
outs. With the count at 2-2, Reba threw a wild pitch that catcher Steve
Pyzik quickly scooped up. Pyzik throw to second beat Florida State’s
Barthelemy, but the Seminole dislodged the ball from David Slevin’s
glove with his slide into the bag.
Florida State took advantage of the break with five more runs. Jerrod
Brown’s check swing found its way through the left side to bring two
runners home and Tony Richie followed with a three-run homer to left
that put the Seminoles up 7-2. Tony McQuade’s two-run double off
reliever Patrick Hogan extended the lead to 9-2 one inning later.
Clemson scored one run in the eighth after a double by Greene and
singles by Jeff Baker and Jarrod Schmidt. The Tigers had runners at
first and second with one out, but could not plate any more runs in the
Greene went 3-5 with two RBIs and notched his fifth straight multi-hit
game to lead the Tigers.
The two teams will square off tomorrow at 7:00 PM. Matt Henrie (10-2,
2.73 ERA) will take the hill for Clemson while Blair Varnes (6-3, 4.34
ERA) is expected to start for Florida State.