Feb. 26, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (12-2) picked up a 6-2 victory
over Florida (6-6) in front of a sellout crowd of 5,039 at Dick Howser
Stadium. FSU RHP Jon McDonald had his best outing of the season, going 6.2
innings without giving up a run on six hits while striking out five and
The Seminoles got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second
inning. First baseman Ryan Barthelemy started things off with a single down
the left field line. Barthelemy then moved to second on a Karl Jernigan
walk. Left fielder Mike Futrell then laid down a bunt to move the runners
to second and third. Shortstop Brett Groves picked up the RBI with a single
up the middle.
In the bottom of the sixth, FSU gave McDonald a little breathing room with
four runs to make it 5-0. Second baseman Marshall McDougall advanced to
second on an error by UF right fielder Tim Olson, Barthelemy singled and
Jernigan was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Futrell’s fly ball to right
resulted in a collision between Olson and second baseman Mark Kiger,
allowing McDougall to tag up on the play. Groves’ double scored Barthelemy,
and Pichi Balet followed with a two-run double to score Jernigan and Groves.
The Tribe added a run in the seventh when Right fielder Chris Smith singled
and scored on designated hitter John-Ford Griffin’s double to right center.
The Gators got on the board with two runs eighth to make it 6-2. Olson
doubled to left before pinch hitter Ryan Shealy homered to left center for
UF’s only scoring of the afternoon.
LHP Daniel Hodges and RHP Chris Whidden worked the final 2.1 innings of
relief for the Seminoles. Hodges gave up the two runs, but did strike out
designated hitter Aaron Davidson with the bases loaded with two outs in the
top of the seventh after replacing McDonald.
UF starter Jay Belflower took the loss, working 5.1 innings and giving up
five runs (four earned) on nine hits.
Smith (3-for-4), Griffin (2-for-4), Barthelemy (3-for-4) and Groves
(2-for-4) led FSU offensively.
The two teams meet again Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with RHP Mike Ziegler (3-0)
throwing for FSU and LHP Craig Mosher (0-1) on the mound for UF. Florida
State will be attempting to sweep the four-game series for the first time
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