Feb. 27, 2002
Tallahassee, FL – On a cold Wednesday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium, No. 1 Florida State (14-4) defeated Western Carolina (4-4) by a score of 3-0. Sophomore left-hander Trent Peterson (1-1) had an impressive outing, allowing three hits in seven scoreless innings. Peterson struck out eight and walked just one, facing 25 batters on the day. Kevin Lynch worked a scoreless eighth inning and Eric Roman finished off the Catamounts in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
Florida State took the lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. With the bases loaded, Bryan Zech picked up an easy RBI when he was hit by a pitch.
The Seminoles added an unearned run to make it 2-0 after three innings. Nick Rogers drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a failed pick-off attempt before scoring on Blair McCaleb’s groundout.
In the fourth inning, the Seminoles scored the final run of the game to make it 3-0. Once again, FSU’s run came across without a hit as Jerrod Brown walked with the bases loaded.
Western Carolina right-hander Jared Burton (1-2) took the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings. Burton walked five and struck out seven.
All-American Ryan Barthelemy came down with the flu and did not play in the game.
Florida State will host Siena Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with right-hander Marc LaMacchia (2-0, 2.53 ERA) scheduled to start for the Tribe. FSU travels to Gainesville for two games against Florida on Friday (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday (3:00 p.m.). The Gators come to Tallahassee on Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. meeting to complete the three-game set.