March 5, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (18-2) finished a three-game
sweep of Pittsburgh (3-3) with a 14-4 victory this afternoon in front of
1,458 at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles scored in six of the first
seven innings in winning their 12th straight game.
Pittsburgh led for the first time in the series with a run in the top of the
first inning. Center fielder Stuart Rykaceski walked, stole second and
scored on first baseman Brad Rea’s RBI-single to center.
The lead was short-lived as FSU put up three runs in the bottom of the
first. After a pair of walks to designated hitter John-Ford Griffin and
second baseman Marshall McDougall, first baseman Ryan Barthelemy belted his
seventh home run of the season over the right field screen to put FSU up 3-1.
The Panthers got an unearned run in the second to cut the lead in half when
catcher Doug Caraway reached on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the third, shortstop Brett Groves got an RBI on a ground
out to shortstop. Barthelemy, who had reached on a walk, scored on the play
to give FSU a 4-2 margin.
The visiting Panthers picked up another unearned run in the fourth to make
it 4-3. Left fielder Erik Katchur got on by error and ended up scoring on
another fielder’s choice after a single and a walk.
The Tribe responded with two runs in their half of the fourth as McDougall
and Barthelemy each had an RBI with a sacrifice fly to push FSU’s lead to 6-3.
Pittsburgh’s fourth and final run of the game came in the fifth as Rea
doubled and scored on designated hitter Brant Colamarino’s double.
FSU took control with a run in the fifth, two more in the sixth and a
five-spot in the seventh. Barthelemy knocked in his fifth and sixth runs of
the game with a single in the sixth inning and the Seminoles scored five
runs in the seventh with only two hits. Center fielder Karl Jernigan had
two RBI with a base hit to left.
FSU sophomore RHP Blair Varnes (3-1) got the win after giving up four runs
(two earned) in five innings of work. Varnes allowed five hits, struck out
three and walked three on the day. Daniel Hodges, Chris Whidden and
Jernigan combined to pitch four hitless innings of relief.
Pittsburgh starter Steve Vickroy took the loss after giving up four runs in
two innings of work. Vickroy allowed just one hit, the homer to Barthelemy,
but walked seven.
Barthelemy’s six RBI were a career-high and he leads FSU with seven home
runs and 31 RBI this season. McDougall, who also had two RBI, and Griffin
each scored three runs to lead FSU offensively.
The Seminoles travel to Daytona Beach for games against St. Joseph’s and
Siena on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) and Wednesday (1:00 p.m.) at Jackie Robinson
Stadium this week before hosting Duke in their ACC home opener on March 10,
11 & 12.
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