March 25, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (23-6, 8-1 ACC) completed a three game sweep of North Carolina (16-11, 0-6) to improve to 8-1 in conference play. The Seminoles sent five different pitchers to the hill, earning Brent Pearson the win and Justin Lord his fifth save. Pearson moves to 3-0 on the season. With the win Florida State matches the top record in the conference.
In attempting to notch their first conference win of the season, the Tar Heels started the game off by scoring a run in the top of the first. FSU battled back to put two on the board in the bottom of the first, as Brian Zech again led off the game with a walk. After John-Ford Griffin singled to left, Karl Jernigan hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Zech. With Griffin on third, Mike Futrell got caught in a rundown on an attempted steal that lasted just long enough to score Griffin.
With the score at 2-1, UNC tallied four runs in the third inning, before Florida State starter Robby Read got out of the inning by striking out Jeremy Cleveland. Down 5-2, Florida State began to chip away at the North Carolina lead. In the fifth inning, FSU opened with two straight walks. Griffin singled to right field to load the bases before Ryan Barthelemy scored Richie on a sacrifice fly. The Garnet and Gold finally took the lead back in the following inning, when the squad notched four runs on two hits. After Richie reached on an error, Griffin smacked a double into right field. With runners on second and third, Barthelemy extended his hitting streak to eight games with his sixth homerun of the year.
North Carolina put two more runs on the board in the seventh to tie the game at seven, before the `Noles put the winning run on the board in the bottom of the inning. After Karl Jernigan matched the team-high hitting streak of eight games with a double, Jeff Probst singled to center field, scoring Jernigan. Florida State sent closer Justin Lord to the hill in the ninth to wrap up the win and his fifth save.
John-Ford Griffin improved his team-high batting average to .490 on the season after going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. This was Griffin’s third four hit game this season and his team-leading 15th multi hit game of the season. It also marks his 13th multi RBI game this year. Barthelemy led the squad in RBI, collecting three with his homerun in the sixth inning.
The `Noles will host The Citadel in two non-conference games at Dick Howser Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tuesday game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., while the Wednesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.