Feb. 18, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After winning 19-6 on Saturday, the No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (3-4) lost Sunday to No. 21 Florida (4-4) by a final score of 6-5 in front of 4,167 at Dick Howser Stadium. The loss ended Florida State’s six-game winning streak against the Gators.
In the top of the first inning, UF picked up a run when first baseman Ryan Shealy grounded into a fielder’s choice to score left fielder Matt Siegel.
The Seminoles tied it up in the bottom of the inning second baseman Bryan Zech singled and eventually scored when UF shortstop Kevin Estrada committed an error on center fielder Karl Jernigan’s ground ball.
FSU struck again in the bottom of the second with three runs to take a 4-1 lead. After catcher Tony Richie was hit by a pitch, third baseman Scott Toole walked and Zech was hit by a pitch, left fielder John-Ford Griffin came through with a bases loaded, two-run single. First baseman Ryan Barthelemy doubled home Zech, but Griffin was thrown out at the plate on the play attempting to score the Tribe’s fifth run of the game.
Florida tied the game at four with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Shealy started things off with a single and the Gators had runners on second and third on designated hitter Dave Klebonis’ double. Robby Read came in from the Seminole bullpen to relieve starter Matt Lynch and got Estrada to hit a ground ball to first base, which was mishandled by Barthelemy, allowing Shealy to score. Catcher Bryan Rose then knocked in Estrada and Klebonis with a double to tie the game.
The Gators took the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. Shealy once again reached, this time on a walk, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Matt Goss. Read then hit Klebonis and the bases were loaded when Griffin dropped Estrada’s fly ball to left field. With Nick Whidden in for Read at pitcher, Rose picked up an easy RBI with a walk. Klebonis scored on second baseman Aaron Davidson’s fielder’s choice. The inning ended when FSU shortstop Brett Groves threw out Estrada at home plate on a double steal attempt.
The Seminoles’ last rally came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Trailing 6-4, Jernigan reached on an error and FSU had runners on second and third after right fielder Mike Futrell doubled to left. Richie came through with an RBI-single to left that scored Jernigan and gave the home team runners on the corners with no outs. On a chopper to third by Groves, Futrell attempted to score and tie the game, but was thrown at the plate. The inning ended when pinch-hitter Blair McCaleb lined to second and UF turned a double play.
UF starter Joey Simon improved to 2-2 with the victory while FSU’s Robby Read (1-2) took the loss. Simon gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out five. Kieth Ramsey earned his second save of the year for the Gators.
The two teams meet again in a televised game (Sunshine Network), Saturday in Gainesville at 4:00 p.m.