June 4, 2000
2000 NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Tallahassee Super Regional
Game 3 – Florida State 6, Miami 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind the solid pitching of Mike Ziegler, the
Florida State Seminoles defeated the defending national champion Miami
Hurricanes, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium, for the right
to advance to the 2000 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The
Seminoles, who improved to 51-17, will be making their 18th CWS appearance
and 12th under Head Coach Mike Martin. Miami finished the season at 41-19-1.
“This is just a group of winners,” FSU’s Martin said. “Playing in
front of our fans was a tremendous lift. This is what it’s all about —
seeing our young men have this moment. This is the most exciting moment of
my career — to watch these young men celebrate a victory and accomplish a
Miami’s Mike Rodriguez and Kevin Howard got on board with back-to-back
singles to start off the game. Rodriguez, who stole second, went to third
on Howard’s base hit and went on to score on a sacrifice fly to left by Javy
Rodriguez and the ‘Canes took a 1-0 advantage.
FSU tied the game in the second inning. With one out, Karl Jernigan
doubled down the left field line and went to third on a sharply hit single
to second base by Pichi Balet. Mike Futrell’s sacrifice fly to left scored
The Seminoles took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning with
two runs off of two hits and would not trail again. With one out, Chris
Smith, who leads the Tribe with 14 home runs, extended his hitting streak to
25 games with a solo home run over the right field fence. John-Ford Griffin
followed with a walk and scored on an RBI triple to center field by Marshall
Miami pitcher Kiki Bengochea got himself into a bind in the fourth. Balet
led off the inning with a single to center field and Futrell reached base on
a hit by pitch. Brett Groves moved the runners over with a sacrifice and
reached safely on an error by Miami first basemen Kevin Brown. With the
bases loaded and no outs, Blair McCaleb drove in Balet with a single to
short left, increasing the Seminole lead to 4-1. With the bases loaded and
the top of the order coming to bat, the Hurricanes brought in Alex Prendes
to pitch, who got out of the jam with a fly out and double play.
McDougall notched his 13th home run of the year, and second
extra-base hit of the game, with a blast to left field to give the Seminoles
a 5-1 lead after five innings.
McCaleb gave the Seminoles an insurance run in the bottom of the
eighth. With two out, Groves drew a walk and stole second. McCaleb drove
in Groves with a double to center field.
“(Mike) Ziegler threw a great game, just great pitching,” Miami Head
Coach Jim Morris said. “They (the Seminoles) played outstanding defense.
They swung the bat and got the hits when they counted and that’s what it
takes to win.”
Ziegler, who improved to 9-4, gave up one run off of two hits in the
first inning, but settled down to allow just two more Hurricane hits until
the eighth inning when Miami had three hits but stranded two runners. He
struck out nine and walked no one and improved to 9-4. McCaleb led the
Tribe offensively, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. McDougall also drove in two
Bengochea fell to 5-5 with the loss. Manny Crespo led the way with
two of the Hurricanes’ nine hits, all of which were singles.
FSU’s first game opponent in Omaha will be Southern Cal.
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MIAMI 100 000 000 1 9 1
FLORIDA STATE 012 110 01x 6 10 0
WP: Mike Ziegler (9-4), LP: Kiki Bengochea (5-5)
3B – FSU (1) – Marshall McDougall