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No. 1 Florida State Completes Sweep Of Maryland

March 25, 2000



Box Score


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (28-4, 7-2 ACC) swept Maryland (6-18,
0-6 ACC) with a 10-0 Saturday victory in front of 2,068 fans at Dick Howser
Stadium.

The last time FSU shut out an opponent in all three games of a
three-game series was against Lafayette in 1971. The Seminoles last
recorded three straight shutouts in 1989 against Rice (twice) and Richmond
(once). Maryland had never been shut out in three consecutive games before
this weekend. The FSU pitching staff has not allowed a run since the fourth
inning of the third game at Wake Forest (32 innings).

John-Ford Griffin gave FSU a 1-0 lead with a bases loaded single to right
field in the bottom of the second inning. The base hit scored Mike Futrell,
who got on with a double.

Futrell’s second double of the game made it 3-0 FSU in the third with Ryan
Barthelemy and Chris Smith coming home after reaching on singles.

It remained 3-0 FSU until the Tribe scored four in the bottom of the seventh
inning. Blair McCaleb drew a two-out bases loaded walk to make it 4-0.
Bobby Spano then drove in a pair of runs with a single to left and
eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The Seminoles added three more in the eighth with Chris Smith recording an
RBI-single and John Halliday picking up two RBI on a double to right center.

Sophomore Blair Varnes (6-1) won his sixth straight start, working six
scoreless innings for the victory. Daniel Hodges, Chris Ginn and Chris
Whidden each worked a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the shutout.
Brett Groves, Griffin and Smith had three hits apiece to lead FSU at the
plate. Griffin has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games.

FSU next plays Mercer at Dick Howser Stadium on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00
p.m. Wednesday’s game with Mercer has been canceled.


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