Feb. 22, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State started a nine-game homestand with an
8-2 win over Appalachian State in front of 1,139 fans at Dick Howser
Stadium. FSU improved to 10-2 on the season while ASU fell to 0-4.
RHP Blair Varnes got his first win of the season as he did not give up a
run in four innings of work. Varnes (1-1), who was scheduled to pitch just
four innings, allowed just three hits and struck out three. Eric Roman,
Robby Read, Nick Whidden, Chris Smith and Karl Jernigan each saw time on the
The Seminoles put up three runs in the bottom of the second after ASU ended
a first inning rally with a triple play. First baseman Ryan Barthelemy led
off the second with a home run to center and back-to-back doubles by left
fielder Mike Futrell and shortstop Brett Groves made it 2-0. Groves then
scored on a Smith single to right.
FSU made it 5-0 with a pair of runs in the third with Groves knocking in
Barthelemy with his second double of the day and Smith again singled home
After FSU added a run in the fourth to make it 6-0, ASU got on the board
with two runs in the top of the sixth. After Read loaded the bases with
three walks, designated hitter Ryan Duke singled off Whidden for an RBI and
second baseman Robbie Huffstetler scored on a Groves error.
The Tribe added two more in the seventh for the final margin of 8-2.
Groves was hit by a pitch and stole second and third before scoring on an
error. Third baseman Scott Boyd plated the game’s final run with an
RBI-single to right to score Smith.
Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting
streak to 17 games. Barthelemy (2-for-4), Groves (2-for-3) and Smith
(2-for-3) had multi-hit games for FSU.
ASU starter Jason Howell took the loss after giving up six earned runs on
11 hits in four innings of work.
The two teams complete the mid-week series Wednesday with first pitch
scheduled for 3:30 p.m.