#2 Florida State Bounces Back With 7-2 Win Over Tigers


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Tallahassee, FL - Senior lefthander Matt Lynch won his 37th career game as #2 Florida State
evened up the series with a 7-2 victory over #13 Clemson Saturday in front
of 4,125 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Head Coach Mike Martin won his 1,271st
career game, tying him with Ron Fraiser (Miami (FL)) for eighth place in
NCAA history. Florida state improved to 32-6 overall, 10-4 in ACC
competition, while the Tigers fell to 25-8 overall, 4-4 in the ACC. Clemson
also fell to 4-1 in televised games this season.


Lynch (8-2) allowed two solo homers and six hits in 5.0 innings pitched to
earn the win. Tiger starter Patrick Hogan (1-2) suffered the loss in 5.0
innings of work.


Florida State started the scoring when Stephen Drew led off with a solo
homer to right field in the first inning. Drew turned on a 2-2 fastball on
the inner half for his fourth homer of the season and became the first
Seminole to hit a leadoff homer in the first inning since 2000. Tony McQuade
then reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, advanced to third on a
passed ball, and scored on Tony Richie's single down the left-field line on
a 3-0 count.


Brad McCann led off the top of the second with a long homer off the top of
the scoreboard in the left field, his fifth of the season, to cut the
Seminole in half. Clemson had success with the bases empty, hitting 7-for-17
in that situation. However, the Tigers were just 1-for-18 with runners on
base, including 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.


The Seminoles responded with a run of their own in the third inning. McQuade
stole bases #2 and #3 on the evening and scored after catcher Brady
Everett's throw on the latter was muffed by McCann.


The turning point in the game came in the fifth inning when Clemson had a
chance to tie the score but could not put a run on the scoreboard. With
runners on second and third and one out, Zane Green and Russell Triplett
both struck out looking on full counts pitches that were called on the
corner by home plate umpire Scott Erby.


The ensuing half inning, Florida State made the Tigers pay with two runs.
After intentionally walking Richie to load the bases with two outs, Jerrod
Brown lined a two-run single to right field. Brown improved his career bases
loaded mark to 18-for-23 with the hit.


Michael Johnson blasted his seventh homer of the year and 53rd of his career
to lead off the sixth inning. The mammoth clout landed well beyond the
right-field fence and tied him with Matthew LeCroy for 10th place on the
ACC's all-time career homer list. It also tied him for second place on the
Tigers' career all-time homer list.


Florida State came right back with two runs in the sixth inning on a homer
by Blake Balkcom to left field, his second of the year.


The two teams will play the series finale Sunday at 1:00 PM. The game will
be broadcast live by the Sunshine Network.


Clemson 2 (25-8,4-4 ACC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Green, Zane rf........... 4 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 2
Triplett, Russell ss..... 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 5 3
Johnson, Michael 1b...... 3 1 2 1 1 0 8 0 0
McCann, Brad 3b.......... 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 3 0
Hourigan, Jeff dh........ 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Frank, Kyle cf........... 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3
Everett, Brady c......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
Demmink, Herman ph...... 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pyzik, Steve c.......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Valiente, Roberto lf..... 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Slevin, David 2b......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 3 0
Hogan, Patrick p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Trolia, Aaron p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 35 2 8 2 2 11 24 12 8


Florida State 7 (32-6,10-4 ACC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Stephen Drew ss.......... 3 2 2 1 2 0 1 4 0
Eddy Martinez-Esteve 3b.. 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tony McQuade lf.......... 5 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1
Tony Richie c............ 3 0 1 1 1 0 11 0 2
Jerrod Brown 1b.......... 4 0 1 2 0 1 8 0 0
Chris Hart 2b............ 3 0 1 0 1 2 3 4 2
Derrick Smith dh......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Bryan Zech pr/dh........ 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Blake Balkcom rf......... 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
Matt Sauls cf............ 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
Matt Lynch p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Rhett James p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Daniel Hodges p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 33 7 8 6 5 7 27 10 8

Score by Innings R H E
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Clemson............. 010 001 000 - 2 8 3
Florida State....... 201 022 00X - 7 8 2
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E - TRIPLETT(12); McCANN 2(7); Mart.-Estev(16);
Hart(8). DP - Tigers 1; Seminoles 2. LOB - Tigers 8;
Seminoles 8. 2B - Mart.-Estev(13); Smith(10).
HR - JOHNSON(7); McCANN(5); Drew(4); Balkcom(2).
HBP - Matt Sauls. SB - McQuade 3(20); Richie(2);
Matt Sauls(10).

Clemson IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Hogan, Patrick...... 5.0 5 6 5 4 5 21 25
Trolia, Aaron....... 3.0 3 1 1 1 2 12 14

Florida State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Matt Lynch.......... 5.0 6 2 2 1 4 20 21
Rhett James......... 3.0 2 0 0 1 5 11 12
Daniel Hodges....... 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4

Win - M. Lynch (8-2). Loss - HOGAN (1-2). Save - None.
HBP - by TROLIA (Matt Sauls). PB - EVERETT(1); Richie(1).
Umpires - HP: Scott Erby 1B: Gerald Trexler
3B: Tony Maners
Start: 7:07 Time: 2:49 Attendance: 4125

Game notes:
Mike Martin ties Ron Fraser for eighth all-time
with win number 1,271. Daniel Hodges is now tied for
first at FSU with 111 career relief app. Stephen Drew's
leadoff HR first since Karl Jerningan (2/20/00 at Florida).
Jerrod Brown now 18-for-23 (.783) in his career with
the bases loaded.
M. Lynch faced 1 batter in the 6th.
HOGAN faced 1 batter in the 6th.

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