February 20, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State ended an 11-game winning streak as the Seminoles dropped a 6-5 decsion to No. 7 Florida in front of 4,841 fans at Dick Howser Stadium.
Florida centerfielder Matt Goss walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Greg Catalanotte to break a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning and take the lead for the remainder of the game. After reaching on an error by FSU shortstop Brett Groves, catcher Todd Johannes came home on a basehit by shortstop Mark Ellis to give the Gators a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning.
Seminole designated-hitter John Halliday belted a solo home run over the right field screen to cut the Gators’ lead to one, but Florida held on to a 6-5 victory.
Right-hander Matt McClendon (1-0) recorded his first win of the season as he held FSU to five runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four in the outing. RHP Keith Brice struck out four batters in 2 2/3 innings to earn his first save of the year, including striking out the side in the eighth inning.
Right-hander Chris Chavez (1-1) struck out six in 7 2/3 innings in relief of starter Jon McDonald who left the game with a 4-4 tie. Chavez gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits.
FSU scored two runs in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Halliday and second baseman Sam Scott, but fell behind 4-2 as McDonald surrendered three hits and four walks in the second inning.
The Seminoles tied the score on a two-run homer by third baseman Marshall McDougall in the bottom of the second.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow, Sun., Feb. 21st at 2:00 p.m.
UF 040 101 000 6 8 1
FSU 220 000 100 5 7 1
DP-UF 1, FSU 1. LOB-UF 9, FSU 9.
2B-Johannes, Halliday, Scott.
HR-Halliday (4), McDougall (4).