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Miami Evens Series With 7-5 Win Over Florida State

June 3, 2000



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2000 NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Tallahassee Super Regional
Game 2 – , Miami 7, Florida State 5


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes took advantage of six Florida
State errors and withstood elimination as they defeated the Seminoles, 7-5,
in Game Two of NCAA Super Regional action Saturday night at Dick Howser
Stadium. The Hurricanes improved to 41-18-1 on the year while FSU fell to
50-17. The deciding game of the series will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.,
with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.


“Our guys fought hard tonight,” Miami Head Coach Jim Morris said. “We
played very well together as a team. A lot of our guys could be up here at
the podium right now. We need to come out and do the same thing tomorrow.”

Pichi Balet gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a
one-out, two-run shot over the left field fence for his seventh home run of
the year. Ryan Barthelemy led off the inning with a base hit to right and
scored on the Balet home run.

The Hurricanes used of a couple of Florida State errors to take a 3-2 lead
in the bottom of the second. Manny Crespo led off the inning with a walk and
went to second on a base hit to left by Kevin Brown. Both runners advanced
on a sacrifice by Kris Clute and the ‘Canes had runners in scoring position
with one out. Mike DiRosa grounded into a routine play that scored Crespo,
but Balet, the FSU third baseman, errored on the throw to first, allowing
Brown to score as well. DiRosa went to second on the play, advanced to
third on a ground out by Mike Rodriguez, and scored on a throwing error by
FSU shortstop Brett Groves which put Kevin Howard on base. Javy Rodriguez
moved Howard to second with an infield hit and both runners advanced on a
double steal. Lale Esquivel grounded out to second to end the inning.

FSU tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth inning as Karl Jernigan hit his
sixth home run of the year with a solo shot to left center.

Miami answered again and went up 4-3 in the fourth. With one out, DiRosa
doubled to right and went to third on a ground out by Mike Rodriguez.
Howard drove in DiRosa with a single to left center.

The ‘Canes extended their lead to four in the fifth inning with three runs
off of three hits and a Seminole error. Esquivel led off the inning with a
double to the left field corner. Danny Matienzo’s shot off the right field
fence drove in Esquivel and the Seminoles brought in Nick Whidden to replace
starting pitcher Jon McDonald. Crespo came through with a base hit to
center in a hit and run and Matienzo advanced all the way to third. Brown
hit a shot to Groves, who threw home for the out, but the throw went wide
and two runs scored.

The Seminoles rallied for two runs in the seventh inning. With one out,
Blair McCaleb and Chris Smith hit back-to-back singles. John-Ford Griffin
blasted a double to center, scoring McCaleb and the ‘Canes replaced starter
Brian Walker with Luke DeBold. Marshall McDougall drove in Smith with a
ground out to short and Griffin went to third. DeBold walked Barthelemy and
with runners on the corners, Jernigan flied out to deep right field to end
the inning.

“This was just a real credit to the University of Miami,” FSU Head Coach
Mike Martin said, “taking advantage of the mistakes that we made. I was so
proud of the way our ballclub kept fighting. We did not play extremely
well, but I was just so proud of the way we kept getting after it. Miami
did exactly what they needed to do to win.”

Walker earned the win for Miami, going 6.1 innings with six strikeouts, and
improved to 12-2. Howard led ‘Canes with two hits, while DiRosa scored two
runs. McDonald got the loss and fell to 11-5. Balet led the Tribe with two
hits and two RBI while McCaleb also had two hits.


               123  456  789  R   H   E
FLORIDA STATE 020 100 200 5 10 6
MIAMI 030 130 00x 7 9 1

WP: Brian Walker (12-2), LP: Jon McDonald (11-5)

2B – FSU (1) – John-Ford Griffin, Miami (2) – Mike DiRosa, Lale Esquivel

HR – FSU (2) – Pichi Balet, Karl Jernigan

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