April 1, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Blair McCaleb went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored two of the Seminoles’ runs as No. 11 Florida State (27-7, 11-1 ACC) completed a sweep of No. 24 Wake Forest (19-10, 6-6 ACC), 6-5. Robby Read went 6.1 innings to pick up his fifth win of the season, while Justin Lord pitched the last out in the ninth for his team-leading seventh save.
Wake Forest jumped out to its only lead of the game, when Ryan Johnson knocked in Nick Blue from second to put Wake up, 1-0. Blue had reached earlier on a hit-by-pitch, and appeared to be caught in a pick-off by Robby Read, before Read was eventually called on a balk to move Blue to second.
Florida State struck back in the third, putting two runs on the board. McCaleb drew a walk to lead off the inning, before Brian Zech lined a double to right center field to move McCaleb to third. After John-Ford Griffin grounded out to shortstop to score McCaleb, Mike Futrell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Zech and put the Seminoles on top. Florida State added a run in the fifth, as McCaleb again started the inning off, this time with a double. Futrell connected with his second sacrifice fly of the game to put FSU up, 3-1.
After giving up a run in the first inning, FSU starter Robby Read settled in to set down the Demon Deacons in the next five innings. Read tied a career-high with seven strikeouts, as the sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., worked into the seventh inning.
With Read hitting stride, the Seminoles added two more runs in the sixth. After Karl Jernigan reach on an error by the pitcher, Nick Rogers connected on his first homerun of the season over the wall in right center to put the Seminoles ahead, 5-1.
Down by four runs, Wake Forest opened up the inning with a single by Jamie D’Anatona. Carlos Brack singled to knock in D’Anatona, before Read put a 2-0 count on Jamie Athas. Matt Lynch came in to relieve the FSU starter, and allowed three singles to bring the score to 5-4. Lynch got Josh Hanson to fly out to end the inning, and then settled in to shut down the Deacons in the eighth and into the ninth.
Florida State put an important run on the board in the ninth, as McCaleb smacked his second double of the game down the left field line to score Scott Toole. Wake Forest bounced back to score a run on Lynch in the ninth, before FSU closer Justin Lord came in with a 6-5 lead and a runner on third and two outs in the ninth inning. Lord struck out Hanson to pick up his team-leading seventh save and keep FSU on top of the ACC with an 11-1 record.
Brian Zech and Blair McCaleb both had two hits in the Seminoles’ win, while Nick Rogers and Mike Futrell both added two RBI. Lynch picked up the win going 6.1 innings, striking out seven and allowing five hits and four runs. Lynch threw 2.1 innings allowing a run and six hits.
Florida State is scheduled to take on Mercer on Tuesday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. in Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles’ next conference series is against Clemson, April 6-8 in Tallahassee.