March 24, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a strong outing from starter Mike Ziegler, No. 1
Florida State (27-4, 6-2 ACC) shut out Maryland (6-16, 0-5 ACC) for the
second straight night with 1,933 fans looking on at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU
last recorded back-to-back shutouts in 1998, holding Charleston Southern
scoreless on February 17th and 18th.
Ziegler (6-0) kept his record perfect as he pitched seven scoreless innings
and allowed only three hits. The junior right-hander struck out eight and
did not walk a batter. Nick Whidden and Mike DiBlasi each worked a
scoreless inning of relief to keep the shutout intact.
FSU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when John-Ford Griffin
singled to right, moved over to third on a throwing error by Maryland
pitcher Mark Martin, and scored on an RBI base hit by Ryan Barthelemy.
In the fourth inning, the Seminoles added another run on Karl Jernigan’s RBI
single to center. The hit scored Marshall McDougall, who had singled and
moved over to third on Ryan Barthelemy’s single.
Barthelemy added two more to his team-leading RBI total as he doubled home
Griffin and McDougall in the fifth to make it 4-0. Barthelemy now has 43
RBI on the season.
FSU erased any doubt with five more runs in the eighth inning. Chris Smith
took the team home run lead when he blasted a two-run shot over the right
field screen to make it 8-0. The Seminoles added three more, highlighted by
a Karl Jernigan RBI-triple, for the final margin of 11-0.
The top six batters in the FSU order all had two or more hits apiece with
Griffin, Barthelemy and Jernigan recording three hits each. Griffin has now
hit safely in 13 straight games.
Maryland RHP Mark Martin (1-3) suffered the loss, working 7.0 innings and
giving up six runs (four earned) on 12 hits.
The two teams play the final game of the series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with
FSU RHP Blair Varnes (5-1) facing Maryland LHP Joe Hart (1-3). The game
will be televised live by Sunshine Network.
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