Seminoles blow past the Bulls to advance

The slow-starting Seminoles fell behind early again on Sunday but scored seven runs in the fifth inning to blow past the South Florida Bulls 13-6 and reach the Super-Regionals next weekend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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The slow-starting Seminoles fell behind early again on Sunday but scored seven runs in the fifth inning to blow past the South Florida Bulls 13-6 and reach the Super-Regionals next weekend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Bulls scored one run in each of the first three innings off of FSU starter Marc LaMacchia (11-1) before the Seminole sophomore settled down. On the day, LaMacchia gave up for earned runs on seven hits while striking out six batters in 7.2 innings.

In the bottom of the first, Mike Macaluso reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by Stephen Drew, before scoring on a groundout by Myron Leslie that gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead.

USF made it 2-0 in the second inning when Mike Barclay led off with a double to leftcenter, moved to third on a single by Soctt Rachlin, and scored on a Macaluso groundout.

South Florida's third run was provided by Leslie with a solo shot to right-center than made it 3-0.

After a scoreless fourth, the Noles woke up in the fifth and exploded for seven runs. Richie Smith led off the inning with a walk and moved to second a groundout by Bryan Zech. Drew then hit his fifteenth homerun of the year to right that brought FSU to within one. Tony McQuade then reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch before Ryan Barthelemy walked. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and Blair McCaleb walked to load the bases with one out. After a pitching change, Jerrod Brown gave the Seminoles the lead with a single to centerfield that scored McQuade and Barthelemy. Tony Richie then reached on an infield single before Nick Rogers brought home two more runs with a single to left. Mike Futrell then singled to left-center and took second on a throwing error that also allowed Richie to score.

Florida State scored three more runs in the sixth inning when McQuade doubled down the left-field line and Brown was hit by a pitch before Richie blasted a homerun to left-center that put the Noles on top 10-3.

Drew hit his second homerun of the game in the seventh inning to extend the Nole lead to 11-3. FSU then made it 12-3 in the eighth when Kevin Richmond walked and eventually scored on a single to left by Futrell. The Bulls managed two runs in the bottom of the inning when Devin Ivany and Barclay scored when Ronnie Handley doubled off of reliever Trent Peterson.

Florida State picked up their final run in the top of the ninth inning when Drew tripled down the right-field line and scored on a sacrifice fly by McQuade. The Bulls answered back with their final run in the bottom of the inning when Cuccia walked, stole second, reached third on an error by Scott Toole, and scored on a wild pitch by Peterson.

Florida State improved to 59-12 on the season and will face Notre Dame in a best of three-games series in Tallahassee next weekend for the right to advance to the 2002 College World Series. South Florida ended their season with a 35-29 record.

Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team
Chris Westervelt, Stetson, Catcher
Chris Cuccia, South Florida, First Base
Mike Macaluso, South Florida, Second Base
Brian Snyder, Stetson, Third Base
Stephen Drew, Florida State, Shortstop
Tony Richie, Florida State, Designated Hitter
Mike Barclay, South Florida, Outfield
Nick Rogers, Florida State, Outfield
Tony McQuade, Florida State, Outfield
Ryan Gloger, South Florida, Pitcher
Bo Hall, UCF, Pitcher

Most Outstanding Player
Tony Richie, Florida State

Section B Online Player of the Game: Stephen Drew (4-5, 3B, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, SB)


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