April 16, 2000
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (37-7) peppered No. 17 Miami
(26-13-1) for 14 runs on 16 hits as they cruised to a 14-3 victory in a
curfew-shortened six-inning game with 3,650 fans looking on at Mark Light
Stadium. The game was scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m., but rains started to
fall just after the national anthem was played, forcing a delay of just over
“I am very proud of the way we came out and played today,” said FSU head
coach Mike Martin. “We came out and established ourselves early and Blair
Varnes gave us what we needed on the mound. Now we have to focus on a very
important ACC series this weekend in Tallahassee against Georgia Tech.”
The Seminoles scored 10 runs over the first three innings as they took the
season series (4-2) from the Hurricanes for the first time since 1995.
FSU came out of the gates quickly with four runs as they batted around in
the top of the first inning. John-Ford Griffin singled and Ryan Barthelemy
doubled to left center before Karl Jernigan came through with a two-out,
two-run double to right center. Brett Groves followed with a third straight
double to score Jernigan. After John Halliday and Blair McCaleb walked,
Bobby Spano ripped a single to center to score Groves. Chris Smith drew a
bases loaded walk after fouling off several 3-2 pitches to make it 5-0 FSU.
The Seminoles upped the lead to 6-0 in the second inning when Marshall
McDougall walked, stole second and scored on Jernigan’s single to left center.
With three homers in the top of the third, FSU increased the lead to 10-0.
McCaleb led off with a solo shot to left center, Smith hit a two-run bomb to
right, and Griffin hit the very next pitch over the right field fence.
FSU struck again in the top of the fourth when McDougall singled home
Spano, who got on with a double down the left field line.
Miami got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Danny Matienzo
doubled to left and Lale Esquivel homered to right center. Javy Rodriguez
concluded the scoring in the UM half of the fifth when his solo homer to
left made it 11-3 FSU.
The Seminoles continued their streak of scoring in each inning as Groves
doubled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on pinch-hitter Mike
Futrell’s sacrifice fly to center.
McDougall hit his ninth home run of the season in the top of the sixth with
Griffin on after a double to increase the lead to 14-3.
McDougall (3-for-4), Griffin (3-for-4) and Jernigan (3-for-4) led the
Seminoles at the plate with three hits apiece.
Blair Varnes improved his record to 7-1 with the win, allowing three earned
runs in five innings of work while striking out three and walking one.
Chris Whidden retired the side in order in the sixth to secure the victory.
UM starter Kiki Bengochea lasted just 2/3 of an inning, allowing five runs
on five hits. Miami used a total of seven pitchers in the six-inning contest.
FSU returns to Tallahassee for a three game series with ACC-leading Georgia
Tech on Friday (7:00 p.m.), Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
The Saturday and Sunday games will be televised by Sunshine Network.
FSU 514 112 14 16 0
UM 000 300 3 5 0