June 14, 2000
OMAHA, Neb. – Mike Futrell singled in the winning run with two outs in
the bottom of the ninth inning as Florida State staved off elimination again
with a 3-2 victory over Southern California on Wednesday night.
Futrell, 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as he stepped to the plate, lifted
Ronald Flores’ 1-2 pitch into right field to score Ryan Barthelemy from third.
Flores (6-2) gave up three hits in 1 1-3 innings.
Jon McDonald (12-5) pitched a four-hitter for Florida State. He struck out
seven, walked four and hit three batters. The only two runs he allowed were
Until the ninth, Florida State (53-18) had just four hits and the Seminoles’
entire offense came from Marshall McDougall.
McDougall hit two solo home runs, his 14th and 15th of the season. His
second was his fifth at Rosenblatt Stadium, tying him with Barthelemy and
former Seminoles star J.D. Drew for the most in CWS history.
The Seminoles need to beat LSU twice to advance to the championship game.
Florida State and the Tigers play Thursday night.
Southern California (44-20), meanwhile, exits the tournament having stranded
29 runners on base, 17 in scoring position, in three games.
The loss spoiled a solid outing from freshman Anthony Reyes. He gave up
three hits and two runs in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out a career-high 10.
The Trojans scored an unearned run in the fourth when Justin Gemoll reached
on Pichi Balet’s throwing error and came home on Beau Craig’s single up the
McDougall tied it at 1 in the fourth with a two-out solo home run to left
field. He tied it again in the seventh with his second of the game.
Southern Cal took a 2-1 lead in the sixth with the help of more sloppy play
by the Seminoles.
McDonald hit Craig with a pitch. Craig moved to second with a stolen base,
but he should have been out. Blair McCaleb’s throw had him beaten by so much
that Craig stopped in the basepath. But neither Brett Groves nor McDougall
could come up with the ball.
Craig moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Balet’s second throwing
error of the game.
The Trojans had plenty of opportunities to extend their early lead. They
left seven runners on base, including six in scoring position, through six