June 2, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sophomore Chris Smith recorded a
career-high six RBI with a double and a grand slam to lead the Seminoles to
a 9-2 victory over Miami in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series at
Dick Howser Stadium. FSU improved to 50-16 while the Hurricanes fell to
40-18-1 on the year.
“Obviously, this is a very exciting time for us,” FSU Head Coach Mike
Martin said, “but we know that we were playing a very proud University of
Miami program. We wish that we could enjoy this game for a long time.”
Miami wasted no time with a run off of three hits in the first inning.
Mike Rodriguez and Kevin Howard had back-to-back singles to right field to
start things off. Rodriguez, who went to third on Howard’s base hit, scored
on a single to center by Javy Rodriguez. FSU pitcher Blair Varnes settled
down to retire the side as the Seminole defense turned a double play and
Varnes recorded his first strikeout of the contest.
Florida State took a 4-1 lead in the second inning with three hits, while
taking advantage of a couple of walks. Ryan Barthelemy led off with a walk
and Karl Jernigan reached base when he was hit by Miami pitcher David Gil.
Pichi Balet drove in Barthelemy with a single to right. John Halliday
followed with a base hit to right to load the bases. With one out, Blair
McCaleb reached on a walk, scoring Balet, then Chris Smith extended his
hitting streak to 23 games with a two-run double to center field.
The Hurricanes picked up their final run in the third off of two doubles.
Leadoff hitter Mike Rodriguez doubled to right for his second hit of the
game. He scored on a one-out double to left field by Javy Rodriguez, who
recorded his second hit and second RBI of the game.
Barthelemy led off the FSU third with a solo home run to right to give the
Tribe a 5-2 advantage. It was Barthelemy’s 11th home run of the season.
Miami threatened in the top of the eighth when Mike Rodriguez again led off
with a single then, with one out, Javy Rodriguez singled off FSU reliever
Chris Ginn. Freshman reliever Robby Read came in and shut down the ‘Canes
rally with back-to-back strikeouts.
Smith put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the eighth. With one
out and the bases loaded, Smith hit a grand slam over the right field wall.
It was his 13th home run of the season.
FSU pitcher Matt Lynch struck out the side in the Miami ninth to cap the
Varnes improved to 11-2 in seven innings on the mound. He struck out six
and walked just one. Gil fell to 11-3 and gave up a season-high 10 hits in
7.1 innings of action. He struck out two and walked three. Gil also tied a
Miami record, hitting three batters.
“We didn’t capitalize a couple of times when we had opportunities,” Miami
Head Coach Jim Morris said. “Early we had a chance with Varnes pitching and
we let him out of that situation with only one run. We had the bases loaded
and no outs and in that situation, we needed a big hit and we didn’t get it.”
The two teams will square off again at 7 p.m., on Saturday.
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