May 19, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – Florida State scored in all but two innings and defeated
Clemson 9-3 Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The
second-ranked Seminoles (51-12 overall, 18-6 ACC) swept the top-ranked
Tigers (44-12 overall, 16-8 ACC), the first team to do so this season,
to win the ACC regular season championship. Florida State outscored
Clemson 30-9 in the series’ three games.
Marc LaMacchia (9-1) got the win for the Seminoles, pitching six innings
and allowing three runs and six hits while striking out three and
walking two. Daniel Hodges pitched three scoreless innings to earn his
eighth save. Tyler Lumsden (2-1) suffered his first career loss after
yielding seven runs in five innings.
Tony McQuade started the scoring in the opening frame by taking the
first pitch he saw from Lumsden over the fence in left for a 1-0 lead.
It was the first long ball given up by Lumsden this season and the first
run given up to an ACC opponent. Greene answered in the bottom of the
first with a home run down the line in left, his 21st of the season. The
solo shot knotted the game at one and extended Greene’s hitting streak
to 22 games, which is tied for the fourth longest in school history.
Tony Richie doubled in the Florida State second and scored later in the
inning on a double steal attempt. In the third inning, Stephen Drew sent
a ball deep to right that Jarrod Schmidt reached out and grabbed just as
it was clearing the fence. The Seminoles did get three runs with two
outs in the inning off of Ryan Barthelemy’s RBI-single and Blair
McCaleb’s two-run homer that pushed the lead to 5-1.
Florida State tacked on another run in the fourth inning before Clemson
answered with a run in the fifth. Steve Pyzik doubled to start off the
inning and scored on Kyle Frank’s groundout to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Florida State came back in the sixth inning with a leadoff home run by
Richie that knocked Lumsden out of the game and gave FSU a 7-2
Richie added another home run in the seventh inning, his fourth of the
series, for an 8-2 lead. Clemson scored on Roberto Valiente’s single in
the seventh, but would get no closer. Florida State added a run in the
eighth to make the final margin 9-3.
Schmidt led the offense as the only Tiger with two hits. Sunday’s game
marked final regular season game for Jon Smith, Seth Miller, Thomas
Boozer, Steve Reba and Greene, who were all honored before the game as a
part of Senior Day.
Clemson will next travel to St. Petersburg, FL, for the first round of
the double-elimination ACC Tournament. The Tigers will be the fourth
seed and play Wednesday at 10:00 AM against Georgia Tech.