Jan. 29, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FSU baseball team (2-0) opened the 2000
season with a pair of victories in a doubleheader against Western
Kentucky (0-2) Saturday. Righthander Jon McDonald was the winner in the
first game as the Tribe rolled 8-1 and lefty Chris Ginn got the win in
relief in game two in a hard fought 2-1 FSU victory.
In the first game, the Seminoles broke a 1-1 tie with five runs
in the bottom of the fourth. Left fielder Mike Futrell started the
rally with a double and scored on shortstop Brett Groves’ double.
Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin plated catcher Blair McCaleb with a
singe. All-American second baseman Marshall McDougall then knocked in
Groves and Griffin to make it 5-1. First baseman Ryan Barthelemy
completed the scoring when his sacrifice fly scored McDougall.
Leading the way for FSU at the plate in game one was McDougall,
going 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and two doubles. Barthelemy
went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in and right fielder Chris Smith
hit a solo home run in the second inning.
McDonald, a preseason All-American went six innings for the win
as he gave up just one earned run on three hits, striking out five and
walking one. The victory was FSU’s 19th straight in home openers.
Both teams scored a run in the second inning and the game
remained tied until the bottom of the seventh in the second game.
Barthelemy reached on a single to start things off and moved to third
after Bobby Spano was hit by a pitch and Smith singled. Centerfielder
Karl Jernigan picked up what proved to be the game-winning RBI when his
fly ball to right scored Barthelemy.
Lefthander Chris Ginn was the game two winner after working
three innings of scoreless relief. Sophomore righthander Blair Varnes
did not figure into the decision after giving up just one unearned run
and striking out five in five innings. Sophomore Chris Whidden came in
to finish off the Hilltoppers in the ninth to record his first save of
FSU completes the series with Western Kentucky at 1:00 p.m. at
Dick Howser Stadium. Junior Mike Ziegler will get the Sunday start for