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Baseball Falls to Miami 9-8, in 11 Innings

April 25, 1999


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Third baseman Javy Rodriguez’ RBI-double
scored leftfielder Manny Crespo in the 11th inning to give No. 3 Miami a
9-8 win over No. 1 Florida State (38-9) and a sweep of the three-game
series in front of 3,122 fans at Mark Light Stadium.


Sam Scott’s pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the eleventh
lifted FSU to a 8-5 lead, but the Hurricanes came back in the bottom
half of the inning with a sacrifice fly by second baseman Kris Clute and
two-run homer by shortstop Bobby Hill.


Left-hander Zach Diaz took the loss in relief as he gave up four
runs in two-thirds of an inning pitched. Miami reliever Troy Roberson
(1-0) earned his first win of the season after retiring FSU’s final two
batters in the 11th.


Just as in Saturday night’s game, FSU scored four runs in the
first three innings. The Seminoles scored one run in the first inning
when rightfielder Matt Diaz doubled home designated hitter John-Ford
Griffin, who ledoff the game with a double. Centerfielder Karl
Jernigan, making his first start of the weekend, belted a two-run homer
to left in the second inning to up the FSU lead to 3-0. Second baseman
Marshall McDougall, the ACC home run leader, hit his 16th of the year in
the top of the third to make it 4-0.


Miami responded in the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back
solo home runs by rightfielder Mark Walker and designated hitter Lale
Esquivel. Stocks induced a Manny Crespo double play ground ball to end
the inning as UM had runners on first and third with just one out.


The Hurricanes trimmed the lead to 4-3 with a run in the bottom
of the sixth. Third baseman Kevin Brown was hit by a pitch and reached
second on a Stocks’ balk. Brown scored on first baseman Greg Lovelady’s
double to left-center. Senior RHP Chris Chavez replaced Stocks on the
mound for FSU to hold the Hurricanes to one run in the inning.


With two outs in the seventh, Miami tied the game at 4-4 when
Crespo doubled and scored on a Russ Jacobson single to left. Freshman
Chris Whidden came in from the Seminole bullpen to get the final out of
the inning.


First baseman John Halliday, who had gone hitless in Miami,
crushed a solo home run to right in the top of the eighth to put the
Seminoles back up 5-4.


In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Lovelady homered to
left to force extra innings.


Both starters did not figure into the decision. FSU
right-hander Nick Stocks (8-1) lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up three
earned runs in the no-decision while UM right-hander Darryl Roque (4-1)
went 6 innings and gave up four earned runs.

Diaz finished the day 3-for-4 at the platewith a double and an
RBI.

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