March 12, 2000
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.
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.