April 12, 2000
Tallahassee, Fla. – The top-ranked Seminoles (36-5) won in their final at bat
for the third time in four games as John Halliday hit a two-run home run in
the bottom of the ninth to lead FSU to a 7-5 win over Jacksonville (25-14)
as 1,462 fans looked on at Dick Howser Stadium.
With two outs and the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Brett
Groves drew a walk and designated hitter John Halliday belted a 2-2 pitch
over the right field fence to give FSU its sixth consecutive win and 17th
straight victory over JU. The Seminoles came back to beat Miami in Friday
night’s game 14-13 in the bottom of the 17th inning and broke a 4-4 tie in
the bottom of the ninth to take Sunday’s game 5-4 from the Hurricanes.
Jacksonville’s Troy Veleber singled and came around to score a run on a
passed ball in the top of the first inning to give the Dolphins an early 1-0
The Seminoles got a two-out rally going in the second inning, scoring two
runs to take a 3-1 lead. Griffin plated Bobby Spano with a single to right
center and McDougall knocked in Smith with a base hit to left.
After neither team could manage a run over the next four innings, the
Dolphins broke out for four in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3
advantage. Dale Johnson and Josh Hurrell led off with back-to-back singles
and Veleber followed with a double to right. Johnson scored and Hurrell
came home on FSU right fielder Clint Thigpen’s fielding error. After John
Vollstedt reached on a bunt single, Chad Oliva singled to left to score
Veleber. Vollstedt stole third and then scored the fourth run of the inning
on catcher Blair McCaleb’s throwing error.
FSU got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh. Thigpen walked, Groves
singled and Halliday followed with an RBI-single up the middle. Groves then
scored to tie the game when McCaleb grounded into a double play.
Griffin extended his career-long hitting streak to 23 games as he went
3-for-4 on the night. Chris Smith also extended his hitting streak (12
games). Halliday (2-for-5) and Spano (2-for-3) had multi-hit games for the
Nick Whidden (2-1) picked up the win relief, working 3.0 scoreless innings
and giving up just two hits. Matt Lynch had a quality start for FSU, but
did not figure into the decision. Lynch went 5.2 innings and allowed one
unearned run on five hits while striking out five and walking two.
Josh Daws (3-1) took the loss for JU after giving up four earned runs in
2.2 innings on four hits, including the deciding home run by Halliday.
The Seminoles travel to Coral Gables to face No. 17 Miami this weekend.
Friday’s 7:00 p.m. game will be televised at 10:30 p.m. (tape delay) by
SportsChannel. Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. game will be carried live by
SportsChannel and Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. game will not be televised.
JU 100 000 400 5 11 0 FSU 120 000 202 7 12 2