April 29, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (40-9, 12-5 ACC) bounced back from
Friday’s loss to defeat NC State (27-23, 9-11 ACC) by a score of 8-2 in
front of 2,918 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Marshall McDougall knocked in
four runs with two home runs and Blair Varnes gave up just two runs over
eight innings to improve his record to 8-2 as FSU picked up a key ACC victory.
NC State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when leadoff hitter
Craig Lee homered to right center.
The Seminoles took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning.
Mike Futrell walked, Bobby Spano singled up the middle and Brett Groves
reached on a bunt base hit to load the bases. John-Ford Griffin then plated
Futrell with a sacrifice fly to left. McDougall cleared the bases with a
three-run homer to right field.
The Wolfpack cut the lead in half with a run in the fourth. Mike Prochaska
singled home Brian Wright with an RBI-single to center.
FSU upped its lead to 7-2 with three runs in the fifth on home runs by
Griffin and McDougall. Groves doubled to right center and Griffin ripped a
two-run homer to right center. McDougall followed with his 11th home run of
the season, a solo shot to left.
Ryan Barthelemy knocked in Griffin with a single up the middle to make it
8-2 in the eighth inning.
Varnes gave up just six hits in his eight innings of work, striking out
eight and walking just one. Daniel Hodges struck out the side in the ninth
to seal the victory.
Groves (2-for-4), McDougall (2-for-4) and Barthelemy (2-for-4) had
multi-hit games for the Tribe.
NC State starter Dan D’Amato suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs
on eight hits in 4.2 innings.
FSU will conclude the home portion of the 2000 season on Sunday with RHP
Jon McDonald (9-2) scheduled to face RHP Ryan Combs (5-2). The game will be
televised live by Sunshine Network at 1:00 p.m. In addition, four Seminoles
seniors (McDougall, John Halliday, Mike DiBlasi and Cory Posey) will be
honored in their final home game.
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