March 19, 1999
RALEIGH, NC — First baseman John Halliday drove four runs on two hits as No. 1 Florida State (22-3, 4-0 ACC) defeated No. 19 North Carolina State (20-4, 2-2 ACC), 14-4, in front of 2,243 fans at Doak Field.
Right-hander Jon McDonald (4-1) scattered nine hits and held the Wolfpack to four runs while striking out four batters in six innings in his fourth win of the season for the Seminoles. Three of McDonald’s runs were earned and he walked three in the appearance. Reliever Chris Ginn hurled three scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.
Right-hander Ryan Steadham (2-2) surrendered five runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched in the loss for the Wolfpack. Steadham struck out two batters and walked two in the outing.
The Seminoles hit three home runs and ripped 15 hits against NC State. Halliday’s three-run blast in the first gave FSU a 3-0 lead. Designated-hitter Sam Scott belted a solo homer in the eighth, and right fielder Matt Diaz ripped a two-run home run in the ninth.
The Wolfpack cut it to a one-run game in the bottom of the inning as designated-hitter Brian Wright drove in centerfielder Adrean Acevedo on a basehit up the middle. First baseman Matt Postell reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error by Halliday for NC State’s second run.
Second baseman Marshall McDougall ripped a two-run double in the left-center gap to knock in centerfielder Chris Smith and left fielder Mike Futrell in the fourth inning adding to FSU’s lead. McDougall scored on a double by Halliday to make the score 6-2. In the fifth inning, shortstop Brett Groves walked with the bases loaded to force catcher Jeremiah Klosterman home and give the Seminoles a 7-2 advantage.
NC State right fielder Josh Schmitt singled and scored on a basehit in the bottom of the fifth inning and left fielder Craig Lee walked and came home on a double by first baseman Andy Baxter in the sixth as the Wolfpack chipped away at FSU ‘s lead.
Klosterman doubled and scored on a basehit by Futrell in the seventh inning while designated-hitter Sam Scott blasted a solo homer to right field in the eighth to increase Florida State’s lead to 9-4. Scott recorded three hits on the day.
FSU 300 310 115 14 16 4
NCSU 200 011 00 4 10 0
E – Halliday, Groves, Cash, Spano.
DP – FSU 2, NCSU 1.
LOB – FSU 12, NCSU 9.
2B – McDougall, Halliday, Scott, Klosterman, Baxter.
HR – Halliday (7), Scott (4), Diaz (10).