Feb. 9, 2001
PALO ALTO, CA – Behind a strong performance from starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford head coach Mark Marquess won his 1,000th career game as the Cardinal downed Florida State 6-0 in front of 1,325 fans at a newly renovated Sunken Diamond Stadum. Stanford improved to 5-3 on the season while FSU dropped to 2-1.
Stanford jmped out to an early lead with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. With the bases loaded, first baseman Arik VanZandt drew a walk to score right fielder Carlo Quentin. Left fielder Jason VanMeetren made it 3-0 with a base hit to right. Stanford’s fourth run of the inning crossed the plate on shortstop Scott Dragicevich’s sacrifice fly.
The Cardinal added one more run in the fifth when VanMeetren knocked in VanZandt with a double to left-center, his third RBI of the game.
In the top of the sixth, FSU left fielder John-Ford Griffin narrowly missed making it 5-3 when a possible three-run homer to right field sailed foul.
After Stanford added a run in the bottom of the seventh, FSU finally ended the shutout with two runs in the top of the eighth. First baseman Chris Hart and shortstop Jeff Probst led off with walks and right fielder Mike Futrell singled to load the bases. Second baseman Bryan Zech then drew another walk on a 3-2 count to pick up an RBI. Griffin followed with a hard hit ground ball to first that resulted in a 3-6-3 double play as Stanford ended the Seminole rally with the score 6-2.
Seminole junior RHP Blair Varnes (1-1) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in five innings of work. Varnes gave up five hits, walked three and struck out six.
Guthrie (1-0) was the winner as he allowed only one hit in seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking two.
Saturday’s game with the Cardinal is scheduled for a 4:00 ET start.