April 6, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Behind a strong start from right-hander Dan Touchet, the Miami Hurricanes (18-14) defeated No. 10 Florida State (29-11) by a score of 5-2 in front of 4,812 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Touchet (3-1) worked 7.2 innings and gave up just two earned runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked just two. Closer George Huguet worked a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth save. The loss snapped FSU’s 19-game home winning streak.
The Hurricanes scored first with one run when Brad Safchik walked, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a passed ball by Tony Richie.
Florida State answered with two runs in the bottom half of the first. After back-to-back singles by Stephen Drew and Bryan Zech, Ryan Barthelemy followed with an RBI-single to right. Tony McQuade plated Zech with a base hit to center to give FSU a 2-1 lead.
The Hurricanes tied the game at two in the fourth when Matt Dryer was hit by a Robby Read pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI-single to left field by Danny Figueroa.
Miami took the lead for good with an unearned run in the sixth inning. After singles by Danny Figueroa and Paco Figueroa, Safchik grounded into what looked to be a 4-6-3 double play. FSU first baseman Jerrod Brown couldn’t handle the throw and Danny Figueroa scored from third when the ball got away.
UM put up single runs in the eighth and ninth to take the 5-2 victory. Danny Figueroa doubled home Matt Dryer in the eighth and Kevin Howard scored on an error in the ninth after doubling down the first base line.
Marc LaMacchia (5-1) took the loss in relief after giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits in five innings. LaMacchia struck out six and walked two. FSU starter Robby Read allowed just two runs (one earned) on two hits in 3.1 innings, but walked five and hit a batter.
The two teams will close out the Tallahassee portion of the series in on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. FSU right-hander Blair Varnes (4-3, 4.03 ERA) is scheduled to face UM right-hander Kiki Bengochea (2-4, 6.21 ERA). The game will be televised live by Sunshine.