April 15, 2001
Coral Gables, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (33-9, 14-1 ACC) lost their second straight game to No. 8 Miami (30-10) by a score of 7-1 at Mark Light Stadium. UM will take a 2-1 series advantage to Tallahassee next weekend where the two teams will play three more to complete the annual six-game set.
Hurricane starter Tom Farmer (8-2) earned the victory after giving up one earned run in five innings of work. Andrew Cohn, Chris Sheffield, Alex Prendes and George Huguet held the Seminoles scoreless over the final four innings.
FSU starter Marc LaMacchia (5-1) took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits in 3.2 inings of work. LaMacchia struck out three and walked three.
Miami opened the scoring with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. After Marcus Nettles was hit by a pitch, Javy Rodriguez laid a bunt down the third base line that LaMacchia threw away to put runners on second and third. Nettles scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Mike Rodgriguez.
FSU tied it at one with a run in the top of the fourth. Ryan Barthelemy led off the inning with a single to left, moved to third on Mike Futrell’s single to right on a perfectly executed hit and run, and scored on Nick Rogers’ single to center.
The Hurricanes regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when LaMacchia walked three batters and Charlton Jimerson picked up an RBI with a base hit on a slow chopper to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Trent Peterson was called from the FSU bullpen with the bases still loaded and struck out Nettles to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, UM scored four to take a 6-1 lead. Kris Clute recorded the first RBI of the inning when his ground ball took a bad hop over shortstop Jeff Probst’s head. Mike DiRosa followed with a three-run homer off FSU reliever Eric Roman, who had just entered the game for Peterson.
Miami added one more in the eighth for the final margin of 7-1.
Up next for the Seminoles is a Wednesday trip to Jacksonville to face the Dolphins at 7:00 p.m. UM and FSU will meet again in Tallahassee next weekend with game times set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The game time for Sunday was originally scheduled 1:00 p.m., but has been moved up to 12:30 p.m. due to travel arrangements.