April 20, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – All nine Seminole starters had at least one hit as No. 8 Florida State (37-12, 5-6 ACC) won its second straight game over No. 5 Georgia Tech (32-7, 8-5 ACC) by a score of 14-9 at Dick Howser Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles scored 11 runs in their last three innings and improved their record to 9-4 against Top 10 teams. Nick Rogers went 2-for-5 with four RBI to lead FSU offensively.
Just as they did Friday night, the Yellow Jackets took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second innings. The first run came on an RBI-single by Jason Perry and Victor Menocal’s sacrifice fly to center scored Clifton Remole in the second to make it 2-0.
After FSU took the lead with three runs in the fourth, Tech tied the game at four on a solo home run by Jeremy Slayden.
The Seminoles broke the tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With Jerrod Brown on first after a single, Nick Rogers ripped a triple down the third base line. Mike Futrell followed with his fifth home run of the year to make it 6-3.
The Yellow Jackets answered with three runs in the seventh to tie the game once more. Wes Rynders knocked in two with a two-out double and Mike Nickeas added an RBI-single to left.
FSU broke the 6-6 tie with four runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Tony McQuade and Ryan Barthelemy singled to put runners on the corners and McQuade then scored on a double steal. Blair McCaleb knocked in Barthelemy with a single to right. After Jerrod Brown singled and Mike Futrell was beaned to load the bases, Tony Richie came through with a two-run double to left to put the Tribe up 10-6.
Tech battled back again with three more runs in the eighth to trim the lead to 10-9. Tyler Parker hit a two-run homer to right and Matthew Boggs had an RBI-single.
The Seminoles sealed the victory with four more in the bottom of the eighth. Brown was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Rogers had a two-run single to left, and Richie made it 14-9 with a sacrifice fly.
Robby Read (6-1) got the win in relief despite giving up three runs on four hits in one inning of work. Kevin Lynch got the final out in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to earn his first career save.
McQuade (2-for-4), Barthelemy (2-for-4), McCaleb (2-for-4), Brown (2-for-4), Rogers (2-for-5) and Futrell (2-for-3) had multi-hit games for Florida State.
The two teams will close out the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Sophomore right-hander Marc LaMacchia (6-1) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Seminoles.