Feb. 12, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Stanford (6-2) topped No. 4 Florida State (6-2) 8-6
with a pair of solo home runs in the top of the tenth inning in front of 4,
579 at Dick Howser Stadium. Left fielder Billy Jacobson and designated
hitter Chris O’Riordan, who did not start and had just one hit between them
coming into the game, hit the home runs in the 10th to win it for the Cardinal.
Stanford jumped out to the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the
first. First baseman Craig Thompson hit the first pitch of the game over
the right field fence for the first run. Shortstop Eric Bruntlett reached
on an error, moved to second on center fielder Edmund Muth’s base hit, and
scored on second baseman Marshall McDougall’s throwing error.
The Seminoles put four on the board in the bottom of the first inning.
Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin extended his hitting streak to 13 games
with a single to start the rally. First baseman Ryan Barthelemy reached on
a two-out error to extend the inning. Third baseman Pichi Balet plated
Griffin with a base hit before left fielder Mike Futrell made it 4-2 with a
three-run homer to right center.
In the top of the second, the Cardinal tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of
runs as right fielder Joe Borchard’s single scored Thompson and Bruntlett.
Center fielder Karl Jernigan threw out Borchard at the plate to keep another
run from scoring.
McDougall put FSU up 5-4 with a solo home run, his first of the year, in
the bottom of the third.
Stanford regained the lead with two runs in the fifth. Muth singled and
scored on Borchard’s double and Borchard scored on third baseman John Gall’s
ground out to shortstop.
FSU tied it up at 6-6 with one run in the bottom of the seventh. Shortstop
Brett Groves drew a walk and Griffin recorded the RBI with his second double
of the season.
In the top of the 10th inning, Jacobson put the Cardinal up 7-6 in his
first at bat of the game with a homer to left. O’Riordan made it 8-6 with
another solo home run to left, his first career hit.
LHP Chris Ginn (1-1) took the loss in relief after working 4.1 innings and
giving up two earned runs on three hits. RHP Jeff Bruksch (2-0) was the
winner for Stanford as he finished the final 3.1 innings of the game without
giving up a run and allowing just one hit.
The two teams face off in the rubber match Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Mike
Ziegler (1-0) will start for FSU against Stanford’s Brian Sager (1-0).