March 19, 2000 - by

No. 1 Florida State Avoids Sweep With 12-4 Win Over Wake

March 19, 2000



Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Florida State (25-4, 4-2 ACC) defeated Wake Forest
(17-7, 3-3 ACC) 12-4 in front of 884 fans at Hooks Stadium for its only win
of the three-game series.

Blair Varnes improved to 5-1 on the season with
his first career complete game. The sophomore right-hander allowed just two
earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven in the win.

“Nobody wanted to go home with a sweep,” said Varnes. “We had our back to
the wall and did we needed to do to win. It is a lot easier to pitch with
the kind of run support I got today.”

The Seminoles scored first with three runs in the top of the first inning.
Brett Groves led off with a single to right and John-Ford Griffin and
Marshall McDougall loaded the bases with back-to-back walks. Ryan
Barthelemy knocked in Groves and Griffin with a single down the left field
line. After Chris Smith walked to load the bases again, Pichi Balet picked
up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right.

In the bottom of the first, Corey Slavik and Dan Conway each had
run-scoring singles for Wake to cut FSU’s lead to 3-2.
Griffin made it 4-2 with a single up the middle that scored Groves, who had
walked and stolen second.

The Demon Deacons answered with a run of their own in the second as Stephen
Sullivan doubled and came around to score on a throwing error by Groves.

In the bottom of the fourth, Wake scored an unearned run to tie the game at
four when Cory Sullivan singled home Jamie Athas with two outs. Athas was
on second after a two-base error by Barthelemy.

The Tribe regained the lead in the fifth with two runs on four singles.
Karl Jernigan and Blair McCaleb both had base hits before coming home on
back-to-back singles by Blair McCaleb and Mike Futrell.

FSU put the game out of reach at 10-4 with four more in the top of the
sixth. Barthelemy started a rally with a single, Jernigan was hit by a
pitch and Chris Smith reached on a walk to load the bases with two outs.
Balet then picked up another RBI with a walk, Jernigan scored on a wild
pitch and McCaleb knocked in two more with a single.

The Seminoles tacked on two more in the ninth when Futrell scored on a balk
and McDougall knocked in Griffin with a single to left.
Matt Briggs (0-2) took the loss for WFU, giving up five earned runs in 5.2
innings of relief work. Starter Ben Clayton (5-2) did not record an out and
was charged with the first three runs of the game.

Griffin extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 3-for-5 outing.
Groves (3-for-4), Barthelemy (3-for-6), Jernigan (2-for-4) and McCaleb
(2-for-5) also had multi-hit games for FSU as the Seminoles pounded the
Demon Deacons for 16 hits on the day.

FSU returns to Tallahassee for a three-game series with Maryland (Thursday,
Friday and Saturday).


FSU  310 024 002  12 16 2
WFU 210 100 000 4 7 0

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