April 12, 2002
CORAL GABLES, FLA. – No. 8 Florida State (32-11) won the fourth game of a six-game series with Miami (18-16) by a score of 6-4 as 3,257 fans looked on at Mark Light Stadium Friday night. Junior Matt Lynch worked 6.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits for the win while reliever Daniel Hodges held the Hurricanes scoreless over the final 2.2 innings to earn his third save. Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth proved to be the game-winning RBI.
Florida State got on the board first with three runs in the first. Bryan Zech got on after being hit by a pitch, moved to third on a throwing error by Miami centerfielder Danny Figueroa on Nick Rogers’ single, and scored on a wild pitch. Tony McQuade got his second home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field wall for the final two runs of the inning.
The Hurricanes answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Kevin Howard and Danny Matienzo each had RBI-singles to cut the lead to one.
The Seminoles added single runs in the fourth and fifth to take a four run lead. Drew scored Jerrod Brown on a sacrifice fly to center to make it 5-2 in the fourth. After getting his fourth stolen base of the season, Ryan Barthelemy scored the sixth run of the game when Blair McCaleb hit an RBI-double down the third base line to extend the FSU lead in the fifth.
Miami closed the gap with two runs in the seventh, but Hodges relieved Lynch and got the final two outs of the inning to end the Hurricane rally. Lynch struck out six and walked just one on the night. Hodges allowed three hits over 2.2 innings while striking out two and walking one.
UM starter Dan Touchet (3-2) took the loss after surrendering six runs (five earned) on seven hits in five innings of work.
The two teams will continue the six game series Saturday night at 7:00 at Mark Light Stadium. FSU senior right-hander Blair Varnes (4-3, 4.21 ERA) is scheduled to face Miami right-hander T.J. Prunty (4-2, 5.76). The game will be shown tape delay on Fox Sports at 10:00 p.m.