May 25, 2002
St. Petersburg, Fla. – No. 1 seed Florida State (55-12) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in eliminating No. 5 Georgia Tech (46-14), 7-4 Saturday in the first game of the day at the 2002 ACC Baseball Championship in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Florida State advances to Saturday night’s championship game which will begin at 8 p.m. The Seminoles will face the winner of the Clemson-Wake Forest game which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
As the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament, the Seminoles are in the driver’s seat and could win the tournament title Saturday evening. Should Florida State lose Saturday night, the second championship game would be played Sunday at 1 p.m.
Saturday night’s championship game will be televised live on the ACC’s regional sports TV network which consists of the Fox Sports Net South, Comcast SportsNet and Sunshine networks.
Florida State used a committee of pitchers to hold Georgia Tech to four runs and five hits.
Starter Robby Read (8-1) earned the win after going five innings giving up two runs, both of which were unearned, and only allowed one Yellow Jacket hit. Read did however give up five walks to Georgia Tech batters.
Georgia Tech starter Brian Burks (9-6) lasted four innings in taking the loss. Burks gave up six runs, but only two of those runs were earned.
Florida State was able to capitalize early on two Georgia Tech fielding errors to produce five runs in the game’s first two innings. Only one of the five runs was earned and Georgia Tech was never able to recover.
Seminole shortstop Stephen Drew was 1-for-4 at the plate, but scored three runs thanks in part to reaching base on an error in the first inning and being hit by a pitch from Tech reliever Aaron Walker in the sixth.
First baseman Jarrod Brown helped Florida State win its 21st consecutive game with a game high three RBIs. One of Brown’s RBIs came on a bases loaded walk in the second inning by Burks that brought in Tony McQuade, one of two runs on the day for McQuade.
Saturday’s win makes Florida State 9-0 in ACC Tournament play in St. Petersburg. The Seminoles won the 1997 tournament at Al Lang Field the only other time the tournament has been played in St. Petersburg.