March 23, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (26-4, 5-2 ACC) handed Maryland (6-16,
0-4 ACC) its first shutout of the season, defeating the Terrapins 11-0 in
front of 1,576 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU starting pitcher Jon McDonald improved to 7-1 on the season as he worked 7.0 scoreless innings,
allowing just four hits, striking out seven and walking one.
The Seminoles took the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the
second inning. After Blair McCaleb and Mike Futrell reached on singles,
Brett Groves picked up two RBI with a triple to left center.
In the fourth, FSU extended its lead to 3-0 when Pichi Balet singled and
scored on McCaleb’s double to left field.
FSU put the game away in the bottom of the seventh with six more runs to
make it 9-0. After John-Ford Griffin walked and Marshall McDougall reached
on a bunt base hit, Ryan Barthelemy knocked in the first run of the inning
with a single to right. McDougall then scored when Maryland third baseman
Steve Oursler threw the ball away on a Karl Jernigan bunt. Chris Smith
followed with a single to score Barthelemy. After a Bobby Spano walk,
McCaleb picked up two more RBI with a single.
Senior John Halliday then
made his first appearance of the season as a pinch hitter after missing the
first half of the year with an injury. Halliday knocked in a run in his
first at bat with a fielder’s choice ground ball to second.
The Tribe added two more runs in the eighth on a Chris Smith double to left
field. Brian Kraft recorded his first career base hit and Justin McClain
followed with a single before Smith’s double scored them both.
Futrell (3-for-3), McCaleb (3-for-3), Barthelemy (2-for-4) and Smith
(2-for-4) led FSU at the plate. Smith and McCaleb both had three RBI on the
Maryland LHP Jamie Hammond (2-5) suffered the loss, giving up four runs (all
earned) on nine hits in six innings. Brad Lyons worked the final two
innings for the Terps and allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits.
FSU RHP Mike Ziegler (5-0) will face UM RHP Mark Martin (1-2) in tomorrow’s
6:00 p.m. game.
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