April 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Seminole shortstop Stephen Drew drove a 1-0 pitch over the right field fence to give No. 10 Florida State (30-11) a 9-7 victory over Miami (18-15) in 13 innings as 4,096 fans looked on at Dick Howser Stadium Sunday afternoon. After the Hurricanes took a 7-6 lead on Drew’s fielding error in the top of the 13th, Jeff Probst and Kevin Richmond both drew walks with one out in the bottom of the inning. Drew then launched his fourth home run of the season over the right field fence to give FSU the win.
For the first time in the series, the Seminoles got on the board first and took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Ryan Barthelemy knocked in Drew on a single to left center and Nick Rogers came around to score when Miami centerfielder Danny Figueroa made an errant throw to the plate.
Miami quickly took the lead in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and no outs, Brad Safchik hit his first career home run, a grand slam to left, to make it 4-2.
FSU cut the Hurricane lead to one in the bottom of the fourth when Richie Smith belted a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall, his sixth home run of the season.
Florida State regained the lead with two runs in the sixth. Barthelemy led off the inning with a double off the right field wall and Tony McQuade followed with a walk to put runners on first and second. After two quick outs, Chris Hart’s double down the right field line scored Barthelemy and McQuade to give the Tribe the lead at 5-4.
UM came back to take the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. Kevin Mannix had an RBI-double and and Paco Figueroa made it 6-5 with an RBI-single to right.
The Seminoles forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Jerrod Brown and Kevin Richmond had pinch-hit singles and moved to second and third on a passed ball. After Drew was intentionally walked to load the bases, Blair McCaleb picked up the RBI with a walk. FSU couldn’t get across another run with the bases still loaded and no outs after a strikeout and a double play.
In the top of the 13th, Haas Pratt doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. With the infield in, Drew couldn’t handle Paco Figueroa’s grounder and Pratt scored to make it 7-6.
Drew’s three-run, walk-off homer in the 13th with one out gave the Seminoles the 9-7 win.
Daniel Davidson (4-0) got the win in relief after retiring the two UM batters in the top of the 13th. Hurricane reliever Vince Bongiovanni (0-3) took the loss after allowing three runs in 2.1 innings. Bongiovanni only allowed one hit, the three-run homer to Drew.
Left-hander Trent Peterson (1-2) will start Wednesday as Florida State hosts Jacksonville at 6:00 p.m. before traveling to Coral Gables to finish the six-game series with Miami. Game times are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.