May 20, 2000
2000 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
MAY 20, 2000 – FORT MILL, SC
FORT MILL, S.C. – Georgia Tech used a four-run third inning and then increased its lead with two runs in each of the fifth, seventh and eighth innings to coast to a 10-3 victory over Florida State to advance to the ACC championship game.
Each team got two hits in the first two innings, but scoring did not open up until the third inning when each team combined for seven runs off six hits.
Georgia Tech put up a four-spot in the top half of the inning. The inning got underway with back-to-back base hits by Jason Perry and Wes Rynders. Perry was advanced to third by Richard Lewis who flied out to right field and then Rynders advanced to second on an error by Seminole second baseman Marshall McDougall. McDougall then threw to third, but a second error on the same play scored Perry. Ryders was moved to third after Brad Stockton flied out to centerfield.
After a walk to Mark Teixeira put runners at the corners, catcher Brian Prince hit his eighth home run of the year, a three-run shot that gave Georgia Tech a 4-0 lead.
Blair McCaleb led off the bottom of the inning for Florida State with a fly out to right field. After two consecutive walks by Chris Smith and John-Ford Griffin, McDougall knocked in Smith with a base hit to right field. Griffin and McDougall scored on a single to left field by Karl Jernigan to pull Florida State within 4-3.
Georgia Tech added two runs in each of the fifth, seventh and eighth innings to ensure the final 10-3 margin. Left fielder Jason Basil hit his 12th homer of the year in the seventh inning and right fielder Brad Stockton hit his sixth of the year in the eighth inning. Each accounted for both runs in their respective innings.
Basil finished five-for-five on the afternoon, accounting for three RBI and one run. He had a three singles, a double and a home run, missing the cycle by a triple.
Phillip Perry got the win for the Yellow Jackets to move to 4-0 on the season. Jon McDonald was tagged with the loss to fall to 10-4. Georgia Tech improved to 46-14 while Florida State fell to 45-15.
The Yellow Jackets will meet the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal game pitting second-seeded Clemson and seventh-seeded Virginia. The championship game will begin at 8 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports Net South.