May 8, 1999
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 4 Florida State (42-10, 18-2 ACC) won
their fourth straight game with a 13-4 victory over Maryland (21-24-1,
6-12 ACC) in front of a season-high 907 fans at Shipley Field. The
Seminoles used three home runs in the top of the seventh to take control
of the game after the Terps jumped out to the early lead.
The Terps got on the board first with four runs in the bottom of
the third inning on five singles and a pair of walks. Right fielder
Matt Swope (single), designated hitter Craig Munroe (walk), first
baseman Chuck Easter (sacrifice fly) and Jason Mohap (single) each
collected an RBI as UM batted around in the inning.
The Seminoles got three runs back in the top of the fifth.
Center fielder Chris Smith led off the inning with a double, left
fielder John-Ford Griffin walked and second baseman Marshall McDougall
singled home Smith for the first run. Right fielder Matt Diaz’ fly to
left scored Griffin and catcher Jeremiah Klosterman knocked in McDougall
with a RBI single to right field.
FSU took the lead for good with three home runs in the seventh.
McDougall launched a solo home run to center that tied the score at 4-4
in the top of the seventh. The homer was number 17 on the season for
the ACC leader. Diaz followed with a single before first baseman John
Halliday blasted a home run of his own, his 10th of the year, over the
right field fence. Third baseman Kevin Cash made it three home runs in
the inning with a solo shot to right-center that gave the Tribe a 7-4
Shortstop Brett Groves was hit by a pitch to start the eighth
and stole second and third base. McDougall followed with a walk and Diaz
recorded his second sacrifice fly of the game to score Groves.
McDougall scored when Halliday knocked in his third run of the game with
a double to left-center that made it 9-4.
In the ninth, FSU added four unearned runs on two hits. Smith
had a two-RBI double, pinch-hitter Mike Futrell had a sacrifice fly to
center and Diaz had an RBI single.
FSU starter Blair Varnes (8-1) lasted just three innings, giving
up four earned runs on six hits. LHP Chris Ginn (5-0) took over for
Varnes in the fourth and pitched five innings of scoreless relief for
the win. LHP Zach Diaz finished off for Ginn in the ninth.
Tomorrow’s game time has been changed from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00
noon in order to accommodate Florida State’s travel schedule. Sunshine
Network will still televise the game at 1:00 p.m., on a one-hour delay
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