March 19, 2001
RALEIGH, N.C. — John-Ford Griffin concluded his three-day tear through Raleigh with three hits and three runs scored, and Florida State rolled to an easy 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference baseball victory over NC State on Sunday afternoon at Doak Field.
The Seminoles, who have won 15 of their last 16 games, improved to 18-6 overall and 5-1 and in first place in the ACC. The Wolfpack, which now has already played perennial league powers Georgia Tech and Florida State in ACC play, dropped to 11-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Freshman righthander Marc LaMacchia (4-0) started and turned in seven strong innings for the Seminoles. LaMacchia allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out three. Sophomore righthander Daniel Caldwell (2-3) dropped his third straight decision, allowign five runs on six hits in three innings of work. He walked one and struck out three.
For the third time in as many games in the series, Florida State drew first blood. Chris Cole led off the top of the second with a walk, went to second on a balk by Caldwell, and scored on Karl Jernigan’s triple down the left-field line. Jernigan wound up walking home on Caldwell’s second balk of the inning, giving the Seminoles a 2-0 lead.
The Seminoles put another crooked number on the scoreboard in the top of the third. Tony Richie led off with a single but was erased on a force play off the bat of Bryan Zech. Griffin followed with a double to right field, and Ryan Barthelemy doubled to deep center field to drive in both runners ad make it 4-0. Barthelemy went to third on the throw home, and scored on a wild pitch, giving Florida State a 5-0 lead.
With one out in the top of the fourth, Brett Groves doubled down the left-field line, and Zech unloaded a two-run home run to left-center field, his second homer of the season, to give FSU a 7-0 lead.
Given the early run support, LaMacchia cruised through the early innings, allowing no runs on just two hits through the first three innings. NC State finally got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth when David Hicks led off with a double, went to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jamey Shearin. LaMacchia retired eight of the next 10 Wolfpack hitters before the Pack was able to scratch again in the bottom of the seventh.
FSU got that run right back in the top of the fifth. With one out, Nick Rogers pinch-hit for Cole and walked, stole second and third, and scored on Jernigan’s single to left.
Griffin continued to torment NC State pitching with a leadoff home run in the top of the seventh, extending the lead to 9-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, Adam Miller reached on a one-out single and went to second on an error. Jeremy Dutton then drilled a two-run home run to right, his first, to cut the lead to 9-3.
The Seminoles made it a full-fledged blowout with a three-spot in the top of the ninth. Griffin led off with a single to right field, his ninth hit in 14 at-bats in the series. Barthelemy singled to right, and pinch-hitter Richie Smith tripled to left to drive in both runs and make it 11-3. Smith later scored on an NC State error to conclude the scoring.