March 29, 2002
WINSTON-SALEM, NC. – No. 5 Florida State (27-9, 2-5 ACC) dropped a 5-3 contest to No. 9 Wake Forest (21-4, 5-1 ACC) in front of a capacity crowd of 2,750 at Hooks Stadium Friday afternoon. The loss was the fourth straight in conference play, which ties the longest conference losing streak since the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992. Wake Forest starter Kyle Sleeth (5-0) got the win after giving up three runs on five hits in seven innings. Closer Dave Bush struck out two in a scoreless ninth to pick up his sixth save.
“Wake Forest was the better ball club today,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Sleeth pitched a great game and put them in position to win. We will have to come out tomorrow and keep battling.”
Wake got on the scoreboard first with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and Stephen Ghutzman on second, Ben Ingold hit a groundball up the middle. FSU second baseman Bryan Zech made a diving stop, but threw the ball away to allow Ghutzman to score.
The visiting Seminoles took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Tony McQuade walked and Mike Futrell was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After Tony Richie’s grounded into a fielder’s choice, Zech and Blair McCaleb followed with back-to-back RBI-singles.
The Demon Deacons answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jeff Ruziecki doubled home Ghutzman and Ryder Mathis hit a two-run home run, the first of his career, to put Wake Forest up 4-2.
Wake added one more in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Jamie D’Antona and FSU got a solo home run from Jerrod Brown to complete the scoring.
Seminole freshman Stephen Drew made his first start in the field since fracturing his left foot at Hawaii on February 1st and went 0-for-3 on the day with four assists and one putout.
Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports South as the ACC Game of the Week. FSU right-hander Robby Read (5-1, 3.98 ERA) is scheduled to start against WFU left-hander Tim Morley (2-1, 3.07 ERA).