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FSU Baseball Blanks Pittsburgh

March 4, 2000



Box Score


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State upped its record to 17-2 with a
12-0 victory over Pittsburgh (3-2) in front of 2,194 fans at Dick Howser
Stadium. The Seminoles scored in each of the first six innings and the
pitching staff allowed just three Panther hits, all singles. The shutout
was the first since FSU held Duke scoreless on May, 6, 1999 (33 games ago).


“I’m very proud of the way we came out and got after it tonight,” said head
coach Mike Martin. “This ball club approaches the game the right way. We
did a lot of good things out there and it is great to get a shutout.”
Junior RHP Mike Ziegler (4-0) took control early with a scoreless five
inning outing. Ziegler allowed just one hit while striking out 11 without a
walk. The lone hit was a single in the top of the fourth. Robby Read, Eric
Roman, Chris Ginn and Mike DiBlasi each worked an inning of scoreless
relief, striking out a total of seven more batters and allowing just two
more hits.


“I wanted to come out and set the tone and turn it over to our offense,”
said Ziegler. “The no-hitter really didn’t enter my mind – maybe if it
would have gone into the sixth or seventh inning. This was one of my better
outings, right up there with Stanford.”


The Tribe struck early with three runs in the home half of the first.
Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin and second baseman Marshall McDougall
walked before center fielder Karl Jernigan doubled to center. Griffin
scored on the double. Right fielder Chris Smith extended his hitting streak
to 15 games and knocked in McDougall and Jernigan with a triple to right.
Third baseman Scott Boyd made it 4-0 FSU with a solo home run in the second
inning, the first of his Seminole career.


In the bottom of the third inning, McDougall took another walk and stole
second. Jernigan then belted his second double of the game to score
McDougall. Smith made it 6-0 FSU with a double to score Jernigan, who had
stolen third.


The home team tacked on four more in the fourth to give Ziegler more than
enough run support. Griffin had an RBI-single, McDougall picked up a pair
of RBI with a triple to right center and Barthelemy knocked in a run with a
sacrifice fly to left to make it 10-0.


Shortstop Brett Groves scored an unearned run in the fifth when he reached
first after being hit by a pitch, moved over to third on walks to McDougall
and Barthelemy, eventually coming home on a passed ball.


FSU scored its final run in the sixth inning. Smith doubled, his third
extra base hit of the game, advanced to third on Boyd’s ground out and
scored on a fielder’s choice. Brian Kraft recorded his first career RBI on
the ground ball that forced a runner at second and allowed Smith to score.
Pittsburgh LHP Eric Ackerman (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up six
earned runs in 2.1 innings. Ackerman allowed five hits, struck out three
and walked three.


The two teams meet in the third and final game of the series Sunday at 1:00
p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Sophomore Blair Varnes (2-1) is scheduled to
start for FSU. Pittsburgh had not yet decided on a starter at the
conclusion of Saturday’s game.


McDougall had another 1-for-1 outing, walking three times with a two-RBI
triple. He also scored three runs. Jernigan (3-for-4 with two runs scored
and two RBI) and Smith (3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI) led the
Seminoles at the plate.


PITT   000  000  000   0    3    0
FSU    312  411  00x   12   10   1

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