March 15, 2002
Charlottesville, Va. – Top-ranked Florida State (22-5, 0-1 ACC) dropped its first conference game of the season 11-10 to Virginia (12-7, 1-0 ACC) on Friday afternoon at UVA Baseball Field. After FSU scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 10-8 lead, the Cavaliers rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory. The loss snapped Florida State’s 10-game winning streak.
“Virginia showed a lot of poise in coming back to score three runs in the ninth,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “It was a very disappointing loss. I was impressed with the way our club fought back to take the lead. It’s one of those losses you just want to get over with and move on.”
With the score tied at 3-3 after three innings of play, Virginia opened up an 8-4 lead with two runs in the fourth, one run in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth.
Ryan Barthelemy and Tony Richie got the six-run eighth going for the Tribe with back-to-back singles to start the inning. Jerrod Brown then knocked in Barthelemy with a base hit to center. Richie and Brown moved to second and third on a wild pitch before Mike Futrell plated them both with a double down the left field line to cut the Virginia lead to 8-7. After a Tony McQuade single, Blair McCaleb made it 10-8 with his second home run of the season – a three-run shot to left center.
Matt Street drew a walk from FSU closer Eric Roman to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Mark Reynolds dropped a bloop single into center field to bring the winning run to the plate. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, Dan Street made it 10-9 with a sacrifice fly to right. With Reynolds now on third base, Joe Koshansky followed with an RBI-single to tie the game. After singles by Chris Sweet and Shawn McCleary loaded the bases, FSU got the second out of the inning when shortstop Jeff Probst threw out Koshansky at home. Kyle Werman, the ninth hitter in the order, came through with the two-out, game-winning hit. Werman’s single to right center scored Sweet to give UVA the 11-10 victory.
Roman (0-2) took the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in the ninth. Virginia’s Alan Zimmerer (1-0) was the winner after working a scoreless top of the ninth. FSU starter Matt Lynch allowed six runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings.
Barthelemy (3-for-5, HR) and Tony McQuade (4-for-5, triple) led the Seminoles offensively.
The two teams will complete the series Saturday with a 12:00 noon doubleheader. Both games will be carried live by Sunshine Network. The Mike Martin show will precede the doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. on Sunshine.