April 6, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State improved to 32-5 on the season
with a 12-6 victory over Jacksonville (22-13) in front of a crowd of 1,256
at Brest Field.
Freshman Robby Read no-hit the Dolphins through six innings before
surrendering a single in the seventh. Read (2-0) went 6.1 innings for the
win and gave up two runs (one earned) on the lone hit before giving way to
Daniel Hodges. Read tied a career-high with seven strikeouts and walked four.
The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with three singles.
Chris Smith led off the game with a single, moved to third on John-Ford
Griffin’s base hit and scored on Ryan Barthelemy’s single to center.
JU tied it up in the bottom of the first, scoring a run without a hit.
Troy Veleber got on after a leadoff walk, stole second, took third on a wild
pitch and scored on John Vollstedt’s ground out.
FSU put three runs on the board in the top of the third inning to take a
4-1 lead. Karl Jernigan knocked in Griffin with a single up the middle,
Marshall McDougall scored on an error and Jernigan came around on Pichi
In the top of the sixth, the Tribe tacked on four more runs to up their
lead to 8-1. John Halliday started things off with a double to left center
and eventually scored when Vollstedt mishandled a Griffin ground ball that
should have forced Smith, who walked, at second. McDougall plated Smith
with a double down the third base line and Barthelemy knocked in Griffin
with a ground ball to first. McDougall scored the fourth run of the inning
on Jernigan’s base hit.
The Dolphins scored their second run, again without recording a hit, in the
bottom of the sixth. Vollstedt walked, stole second and advanced to third
on catcher Blair McCaleb’s throwing error and scored on Chad Oliva’s ground
ball to second.
JU added one run in the bottom of the eighth when Veleber scored on a
Chris Smith returned FSU’s lead to six in the top of the ninth with a
towering solo home run over the right field wall. Smith now leads the team
with nine homers on the season. The Tribe put three more runs for their
final total of 12 runs.
The Dolphins attempted a late rally with three runs in the bottom of the
ninth before John Bentley finished the game for FSU.
Jernigan (4-for-5), Barthelemy (3-for-6) and Smith (3-for-4) led the
Seminoles at the plate. Griffin extended his career-best hitting streak to
Hodges allowed an unearned run on two hits in 1.2 innings of relief and
Bentley gave up three runs on four hits in the ninth.
JU starter Murcus Bell (6-5) suffered the loss, working 5.1 innings and
giving up eight runs (four earned) on nine hits.
FSU returns to Dick Howser Stadium to host Miami on Friday (7:00 p.m.),
Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m. – Sunshine).