May 15, 1999
DURHAM, N.C. – No. 4 Florida State (45-10, 21-2 ACC) swept a
doubleheader from Duke (24-27, 4-17 ACC) to set the ACC record for
conference wins in a season. Clemson held the old record, going 20-4 in
ACC play in 1994 and 1995. The Seminoles took the first of the
seven-inning games 11-3 and the second 9-1.
In game one, FSU trailed 3-2 after two innings but scored the
final nine runs of the game for an 11-3 victory. RHP Blair Varnes
improved to 9-1 with the win after giving up two earned runs in six
innings of work.
In the first inning, the Seminoles got two runs as left fielder
Mike Futrell singled and second baseman Marshall McDougall walked before
eventually scoring on catcher Jeremiah Klosterman’s double to
Duke answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to
take the lead. Third baseman Kevin Kelly started things with a double
and scored on first baseman John Benik’s single. Second baseman Scott
Grossi’s sacrifice bunt plated Benik and the Blue Devils picked their
third run on an FSU error.
FSU took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth. Futrell
singled and right fielder Matt Diaz walked and advanced to second and
third on a double steal. Third baseman Kevin Cash knocked in Futrell
with a single and Klosterman grounded out to shortstop to score Diaz.
The ‘Noles added to the lead with a run in the fourth and six
more in the fifth inning. Futrell was the top hitter, going 4-for-4
with three runs scored. McDougall (2-for-3, 1 RBI) walked and struck
out in his first two at bats after hitting six consecutive home runs at
Maryland last Sunday. Klosterman (2-for-3) had a game-high three RBI.
FSU RHP Nick Stocks shut down the Blue Devils in game two, going
5 1/3 innings without giving up a run. Stocks struck out seven,
improving his record to 10-1 on the season.
The Tribe took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
Shortstop Brett Groves walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild
pitch and scored on a McDougall RBI-single.
FSU put three runs on the board in the top of the fifth. Left
fielder John-Ford Griffin’s RBI-single scored center fielder Chris Smith
and McDougall knocked in Groves with a double. Griffin then scored on a
Matt Diaz RBI groundout.
The ‘Noles scored one run in the sixth and four runs in the
seventh to put the game out of reach. Cash walked, advanced to second
on a Sam Scott single and scored on Smith’s single to left in the sixth
inning. In the seventh, Klosterman had an RBI single and Scott had a
two-run double to left with the other run coming on a wild pitch.
The Seminoles have won seven straight games. The final game of
the series is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Sunday.