Feb. 9, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. — After No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (6-3) took an early 7-1 lead, No. 1 Stanford (4-1) came back to win a seesaw battle by a score of 15-11 in front of a Dick Howser Stadium crowd of 4,875. The Seminoles took an 11-10 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cardinal put up five runs in the top of the eighth to seal the victory. Stanford reliever John Hudgins was the winner, working the final four innings and allowing three runs on three hits.
FSU got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Tony McQuade knocked in two runs with a bases loaded single to right. Blair McCaleb followed with another two-out hit to score the third run.
The Cardinal put one run up in the top of the second on Scott Dragicevich’s RBI-double to right field.
Bryan Zech and Kevin Richmond started things off in the second with back-to-back doubles. Nick Rogers plated Richmond with a single up the middle to make it 5-1. The sixth run came across on a Stanford wild pitch and Jerrod Brown increased FSU’s lead to 7-1 with a sacrifice fly.
The Cardinal got another run back in the fourth when Dragicevich singled and scored on a double by Andy Topham.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Cardinal tied the game at seven. Ryan Garko’s three-run homer did most of the damage and knocked FSU starter Matt Lynch out of the game.
The Cardinal took a 10-7 lead with three runs in the sixth. Brian Hall and Andy Topham picked up RBI’s with a pair of groundouts and Donny Lucy had a run-scoring single.
FSU’s Tony Richie tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth with a three-run homer to left, his first of the season.
The lead was short-lived as Stanford took advantage of three FSU errors to score five runs in the eighth inning. Hart’s error at third on a Lucy grounder allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score.
Stanford’s Carlos Quentin set a new NCAA record for hit by pitch as he was beaned five times Saturday.
FSU’s Ryan Barthelemy extended his hitting streak to 27 games.
The two teams complete the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with FSU’s Robby Read (2-0) scheduled to face SU’s Mark Jecmen (0-1). Less than 200 tickets are available for Sunday’s contest.