DICK HOWSER STADIUM
| Cash Hall |
700 N. Woodward
Tallahassee, FL 32304
| Osceola Hall |
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
With one out and a 1-0 pitch in the bottom of the thirteenth inning, Stephen Drew hit a towering homerun over the screen in right field to give the Seminoles a 9-7 victory in the home-series finale against the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon. The win was especially sweet, considering the Noles had the bases loaded with no outs with the winning run on third base in both the ninth and tenth innings but were unable to score them.
Blair Varnes had a very solid outing, going 6.2 innings, allowing 8 hits, 4 runs, and 1 walk while striking out 7 batters. All of his runs were given up in the second inning when Brad Safchik hit a grand slam. Kevin Lynch had another rough outing in relief, allowing 3 hits, and 2 runs in one inning in relief of Varnes. Daniel Hodges pitched 4.2 innings of fantastic ball, allowing only 1 hit and 1 unearned run while striking out 3 batters. Daniel Davidson (4-0) picked up the win with a short appearance in the top of the thirteenth inning.
FSU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Drew singled up the middle, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bryan Zech, and to third on a single by Nick Rogers. After Rogers stole second, Ryan Barthelemy singled to left-center to score Drew, and Rogers scored on a bad throw to the plate by the Miami centerfielder.
Trailing 4-2 after the grand slam in the second inning, Richie Smith cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fourth with his third homerun of the weekend.
In the sixth, Barthelemy doubled to right and McQuade walked before they both scored on a 2-run double by Chris Hart that put FSU up 5-4.
The Hurricanes came back two innings later to take a 1-run lead in the eighth when Jim Burt doubled to left and scored on another double by Kevin Mannix. After a groundout to third, Joey Hooft, pinch-running for Mannix, scored on a single hit by Paco Figueroa.
Down by one, Jerrod Brown led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right field. Kevin Richmond singled to center before a wild pitch moved the runners up. Drew was then intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Blair McCaleb drew another walk that forced in Jeff Probst who was pinch-running for Brown that tied the game up. With the winning run 90 feet away and no outs, Rogers struck out looking and Barthelemy grounded into a double play that sent the game into extra innings.
Tony McQuade led off the tenth inning with a double to right-center, Mike Futrell then singled to center, and Smith drew a walk to load the bases with no outs again. FSU failed to capitalize yet again, when Probst grounded into a double play, and Kevin Richmond grounded to third to end the threat.
With Hodges cruising on the mound, the Canes finally got something going in the top of the thirteenth when Haas Pratt led off with a double down the rightfield line. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner up before Pratt scored after a fielder's choice by Figueroa on a fielding error by Drew. After Davidson came in to relieve Hodges, Tony Richie threw out Figueroa who was trying to steal second base. Davidson then walked Richard Gianotti and Richie promptly threw him out attempting to steal as well, to end the inning.
Smith led off the bottom of the inning with a fly ball to right for the first out. Probst drew a walk and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Richmond then walk before Drew launched his bomb that landed somewhere on Chieftan Way to win the game for Florida State.
The Seminoles improved to 30-11 on the season while Miami fell to 18-15. After the Noles face Jacksonville on Wednesday at Howser, they travel down to Coral Gables to resume the season-series next weekend.
Section B Online Players of the Game: Daniel Hodges (4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) and Stephen Drew (3-6, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB)