May 26, 2000
2000 NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Game 1 – Florida State 6, Bethune-Cookman 3
May 26, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 7th-ranked Florida State Seminoles topped
Bethune-Cookman, 6-3, in the second game of the NCAA Baseball Tallahassee
Regional on Friday, in front of 3,380 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. With the
win, FSU improved to 46-15 while the Wildcats fell to 33-28 overall.
Bethune-Cookman will play Evansville at 11 a.m., on Saturday while FSU and
UCF will follow with a contest at 3 p.m.
The Seminoles struck first with an unearned run in the third inning. With
two out, Karl Jernigan reached base on a walk and stole second. Brett
Groves reached on an error by Bethune-Cookman third baseman Carlos Baez and
Jernigan scored on the play.
The Wildcats responded and tied the game with a run off of two hits in the
fourth inning. With one out, Carlos Baez reached on an infield single and
stole second. Ricardo Rosado drove Baez home with a single to right field.
FSU’s John Halliday hit a grand slam with two out in the fifth inning to
give the Tribe a 5-1 lead. John-Ford Griffin led off the inning with a
double to left field. Two outs later, Jernigan walked and Groves struck
out, but reached on a wild pitch to load the bases. Halliday cleared the
bases with a blast over the right field fence.
Bethune-Cookman’s Jeante Nunez recorded his eighth home run of the year
with a solo shot to right field in the sixth inning, but the Seminoles came
right back with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning. Chris Smith
reached base and went to second on an error by Rosado, the BCC shortstop.
Mike Futrell came in to run and went to third on a ground out to second base
by Griffin and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Ryan Barthelemy.
The Wildcats cut the FSU lead to 6-3 with a run in the seventh. James
Carter led off the inning with a walk, went all the way to third on a base
hit by Treran Porter and scored on a ground out to second by Christian
FSU’s Blair Varnes improved to 10-2 with the win. Freshman Nick Whidden
recorded his second save on the season. He gave up two earned runs and
struck out eight in 5.2 innings on the mound. BCC starter Mark Woodyard
fell to 6-5 with the loss. He pitched six innings, gave up six runs, four
earned, and walked nine.
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