April 27, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Tony McQuade went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to lead No. 5 Florida State (40-12, 8-6 ACC) to a 10-4 victory over NC State (26-19, 4-13 ACC) Saturday night in front of 3,295 at Dick Howser Stadium. McQuade also had a double and raised his team-best batting average to .404. The Seminoles extended their winning streak to six games and became the first team in the country to reach the 40-win mark.
FSU sophomore right-hander Marc LaMacchia (8-1) earned the victory after giving up three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. LaMacchia struck out three and walked one. Junior Daniel Hodges allowed one run on four hits over the final 3.2 innings to record his seventh save.
The Wolfpack scored the game’s first run in the top of the second inning when Mike Prochaska’s double down the left field line scored Justin Riley, who was hit by a pitch.
Florida State answered with four runs in the bottom half of the second. With two outs and runners on first and third, Stephen Drew’s RBI-single to center scored FSU’s first run. McQuade followed with a three-run homer to left, his fourth of the season.
The Seminoles padded their lead with two more in the fourth. With the bases loaded, Ryan Barthelemy knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly to center. Drew, who had reached on a bunt single, then made it 6-1 when he scored from third on a wild pitch.
NC State cut the lead in half with two runs in the top of the sixth. With runners on second and third, Brian Wright doubled down the third base line to make it 6-3. Hodges came in to relieve LaMacchia and record the final two outs of the inning on a 3-6-3 double play with a runner on third.
After the Wolfpack put up two in the eighth, the Seminoles did the same in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin of 10-4. Barthelemy knocked in the ninth run with a single up the middle and Jerrod Brown had an RBI-double to complete the scoring for the Tribe.
The series concludes Sunday with FSU RHP Robby Read (6-1, 4.61 ERA) scheduled to face NC State LHP Mike Prochaska (4-1, 3.12 ERA). First pitch is set for a 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.