March 3, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (16-2) extended its winning streak to
10 games with a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh (3-1) in front of 1,855 at Dick
The Seminoles picked up three runs in the bottom of the
third and added runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh to seal the win for
starter Jon McDonald.
McDonald (5-0) allowed just one run on four hits in six innings of work.
The righthander also struck out a season-high nine batters while walking
just three. Freshman RHP Nick Whidden worked the final three innings,
giving up just two hits and striking out three, to earn his first career save.
FSU got on the board first with a three-spot in the third. Third baseman
Pichi Balet reached on an error, moved over on a ground out, before right
fielder Chris Smith singled to put runners on the corners. Designated
hitter John-Ford Griffin walked to load the bases and second baseman
Marshall McDougall singled into the hole between third and shortstop to
score Balet. First baseman Ryan Barthelemy had what proved to be the
game-winning RBI when he singled to left to score Smith and Griffin.
FSU made it 4-0 in the fourth when left fielder Mike Futrell singled, stole
second and scored on Balet’s double to right.
Pittsburgh scored their only run of the night in the top of the fifth.
Shortstop Chris Happ doubled to right center and moved to third after a pair
of walks. Center fielder Stuart Rykaceski plated Happ with a RBI-single to
The Tribe added one more in the bottom of the eighth. Center fielder Karl
Jernigan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, tying Brett Groves‘ for
third on the FSU all-time list at 26, and moved to third on a failed
pick-off attempt. Shortstop Brett Groves picked up the RBI with a sacrifice
fly to center.
Pittsburgh starter Jory Coughenour received the loss after giving up five
runs (one earned) in 4.1 innings of work. He walked three and struck out two.
Smith went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and Barthelemy
had two hits and a pair of RBI to lead FSU at the plate.
The two teams meet Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in game two with RHP Mike Ziegler
(3-0) starting for FSU and Eric Ackerman (1-0) scheduled to start for
Pittsburgh. The final game of the series on Sunday will begin at 1:00 p.m.
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