March 24, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (22-6, 7-1 ACC) improved to 19-1 in the friendly confines of Dick Howser stadium today, as they took the second game of a three game series against North Carolina (16-10, 0-5 ACC), 12-6. Freshman starter Marc LaMacchia improved to 5-0 on the season and earned his first win as the No. 2 starter for Florida State.
The Garnet and Gold got the scoring off to a quick start, as Brian Zech led off the game with a walk. After a single by Mike Futrell moved Zech to third, Ryan Barthelemy extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run double. Florida State tacked on two more runs in the second inning, as the `Noles again took advantage of a leadoff walk, this time by Brett Groves. Futrell capitalized with a double into right field, scoring two runs to put the Seminoles on top, 4-0. John-Ford Griffin added another run in the second, to give Florida State a five-run lead.
After LaMacchia shut down the Tar Heels through four innings, the Seminoles blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth. With a 5-0 lead, Florida State put six more runs on the board on five hits, including a leadoff double by Tony Richie. FSU finally closed out the scoring with a final run in the eighth, as Blair McCaleb drew a one-out walk, and scored on Chris Hart’s first career triple.
The Florida State pitching staff managed to only allow earned runs in a single inning, when the Tar Heels posted five runs in the sixth. Marc LaMacchia, after starting the game with a very strong outing, gave up a three-run homerun to Jeremy Cleveland. The Tar Heels added an unearned run in the ninth to make the final score 12-6.
LaMacchia, making his first start in the No. 2 spot in the starting lineup for FSU, went 5.1 innings, scattering seven hits and five runs. LaMacchia struck out five, while only walking two. Daniel Hodges picked up his second save after going 3.2 innings and allowing only two hits and no earned runs.
The Florida State bats lit up, as Zech, Griffin and Futrell all tallied two hits. Jeff Probst led the Seminoles with three hits, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Zech went 2-for-4 with three runs scored while Griffin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to improve his team-best batting average to .475. Karl Jernigan matched the current team-high hitting streak of seven games with a single in the fourth inning.
Brett Groves had a solid start to the game, drawing a walk and a hit by pitch, before leaving the game due to an injury in the fourth inning. Currently, the status of the injury is unknown.
FSU will wrap up the home series with North Carolina Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. scheduled start against the Tar Heels. Right-hander Robbie Read (4-3, 3.47 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Florida State, while righty Scott Autrey (1-2, 6.51) will start for North Carolina.