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No. 1 Florida State Completes Sweep Of Duke With 9-6 Victory

March 12, 2000



Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State topped Duke 9-6 this afternoon in front of
2,032 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU improved its record to 23-2 (3-0
ACC), the best season-opening start since the 1986 squad began the year
26-2. The Seminoles won their 17th straight while Duke dropped to 5-17
overall (0-3 ACC).

Sophomore RHP Blair Varnes (4-1) went 6.0 innings for the win, giving up
three runs (two earned) on eight hits. Duke starter Ryan Caradonna fell to
1-4 with the loss as he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work.

The Blue Devils got on the board first with a run in the top of the third
inning. Larry Broadway reached on a base hit back to the mound and advanced
to second on a throwing error by Varnes. Broadway moved to third on a bunt
base hit by Wes Goodner and scored on Pichi Balet’s fielding error.

FSU bounced back with a four-spot in the bottom of the third to take a 4-1
lead. Marshall McDougall hit a solo home run home run, his fourth of the
year to tie the game at one. Ryan Barthelemy and Karl Jernigan followed
with back-to-back singles and advanced one base each on a wild pitch. Balet
atoned for his error with a three-run homer over the left field wall.

In the top of the fifth, the Blue Devils picked up two runs to cut FSU’s
lead to 4-3. J.D. Alleva recorded an RBI with a single to right and Jeff
Becker knocked in the second run on a fielder’s choice.

Scott Boyd put FSU up 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth when his single to left
scored Jernigan, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

The Seminoles took control with four more runs in the sixth to push their
lead to 9-3. Barthelemy knocked in the first run of the inning with a
single to right. Groves plated two more with a doubled down the third base
line and Boyd picked up his second RBI of the night with a base hit to right.

Duke added a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to complete the scoring.

Daniel Hodges worked 2.1 innings in relief of Varnes, allowing three runs
(two earned) on five hits. Chris Whidden got the final two outs of the game
as he recorded his third save of the season.

McDougall (2-for-4), Barthelemy (2-for-3), Jernigan (2-for-4) and Boyd
(3-for-5) led the Tribe offensively.

Next up on FSU’s schedule is a Tuesday (6:00 p.m.) game against South
Florida at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee. Freshman Matt Lynch (3-0) is
the scheduled starter for the Seminoles.

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