April 14, 2002
Coral Gables, Fla. – No. 8 Florida State (34-12)
defeated Miami (18-18), 17-11, sweeping the three-game series in front of
2,396 fans Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Stadium.
Hurricane starter Kiki Bengochea (2-5) earned the loss going 4 1/3 innings,
giving up seven hits, 10 runs (eight earned), three walks, two strikeouts
and three hit batters. Seminole starter Marc LaMacchia (6-1) recorded the
win, going 6 innings, giving up 12 hits, six earned runs, no walks, five
strikeouts, one balk and a hit batter.
Florida State erased an early 1-0 Miami lead in the second scoring two runs
on an error by the pitcher. Hurricane pitcher Kiki Bengochea gave up two
consecutive singles, before botching a throw, allowing Tony McQuade and
Blair McCaleb to score, giving the Seminoles a 2-1 lead.
The Hurricanes tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom half of the second on Paco
Figueroa’s solo homerun to left field. It was Figueroa’s first career
homerun as a Hurricane.
The Seminoles took a four-run lead, 6-2, in the third inning on a Jerrod
Brown grand slam to left field and never looked back. Ryan Barthelemy
reached first on a walk and advanced to second on an error by the second
baseman. The Seminoles loaded the bases on a walk by McCaleb.
Miami cut the lead, 6-4, in the fourth inning on a two-RBI double by Brad
Safchik, before Florida State opened the game in the fifth, 13-4. FSU scored
seven runs, including its second grand slam of the day by Stephen Drew of
off relief pitcher Luke DeBold.
Miami staged a late comeback scoring two runs in the fifth, four in the
seventh and one in the ninth, highlighted by Javy Rodriguez’ second homerun
of the game. However, the Seminoles added four runs in the eighth sealing