May 6, 2000
Clemson, S.C. – No. 8 Clemson (38-12, 13-6 ACC) used a four-run sixth inning
to defeat No. 2 Florida State (41-10, 13-6 ACC) by a score of 8-7 in front
of 5,186 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Seminoles scored first with two runs in the top of the first inning.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Brett Groves knocked in two with a
single to center.
Clemson got one back in the bottom of the first when Jeff Baker grounded
into a bases loaded 5-4-3 double play to score Casey Stone.
FSU picked up three more in the third to take a 5-1 lead. After Marshall
McDougall walked, Ryan Barthelemy singled to center. McDougall came around
to score and Barthelemy advanced to third when the ball got by center
fielder Patrick Boyd. After a Karl Jernigan walk, Groves picked up his
third RBI when he singled home Barthelemy. Jernigan and Groves moved up a
base on a wild pitch and Blair McCaleb plated Jernigan with a sacrifice fly
The Tigers cut FSU’s lead to 5-4 with single runs in the third, fourth and
Clemson took its first lead of the game with four runs in the bottom of the
sixth. Henri Stanley and Justin Singleton led off with back-to-back walks
before Stone attempted a sacrifice bunt. Mike Ziegler fielded the bunt, but
his throw was off the mark when attempted to get the lead runner at third.
Stanley and Singleton both scored on the Ziegler error to put Clemson up
6-5. After Boyd singled to third base, Khalil Greene hit a two-run double
into the gap in right center to make it 8-5.
FSU picked up two runs in the top of the seventh inning to cut the Tigers’
lead to one. Groves walked and Mike Futrell singled before McCaleb scored
them both with a double to left center.
Ziegler (8-3) took the loss for the Tribe, giving up eight runs (seven
earned) in five innings.
CU starter Jarrod Schmidt gave up five earned runs in just 2.1 innings, but
did not figure into the decision. Matt Additon improved his record to 6-2
on the season, working four innings and giving up two earned runs. Steve
Reba earned his first career save when he struck Chris Smith to end the game.
The series continues Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with FSU RHP Blair Varnes (8-2)
scheduled to face CU RHP Scott Berney (7-4).
FSU 203-000-200 7 10 2 CLEM 101-114-00x 8 11 2