Feb. 23, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (11-2) completed a two-game sweep
of Appalachian State (0-5) with an 8-1 victory this afternoon in front of a
Dick Howser Stadium crowd of 1,173. Junior RHP John Bentley, who made his
first start in over a year after recovering from shoulder surgery, was the
winner after working a pre-determined four innings and allowing one unearned
run on five hits.
The Seminoles got on the board first with two unearned runs in the bottom
of the second inning. Center fielder Karl Jernigan drew a walk and
shortstop Brett Groves reached on an error. With two outs, third baseman
Scott Boyd ripped a single to center to score Jernigan and catcher Blair
McCaleb knocked in Groves with another single to center.
The Mountaineers scored their lone run in the top of the third inning.
Right fielder Randy Trumbower reached on an error and eventually scored on
left fielder Carey Hobbs’ base hit to center.
FSU made it 6-1 with four more runs during a two-out rally in the bottom of
the third. First baseman Ryan Barthelemy doubled, Jernigan walked and
Groves singled to load the bases. Left fielder Mike Futrell picked up a
pair of RBI with a single to left and Boyd doubled to knock in the third and
fourth runs of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tribe added to their lead with two more
runs. Groves plated a run with an RBI-single and Futrell recorded his
fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
Matt Lynch, Daniel Hodges, Mike DiBlasi, Chris Ginn and Chris Whidden each
worked a scoreless inning on the mound for FSU.
John-Ford Griffin’s hitting streak ended at 17 games as he went 0-for-4 on
the afternoon. Groves (2-for-3, three runs), Futrell (1-for-1, 4 RBI) and
Boyd (2-for-3, 3 RBI) were the top hitters for the home team.
LHP Rodney Lemonds (0-2) took the loss for ASU after allowing six runs
(four earned) over four innings.
FSU returns to action Saturday with a 2:00 game against Florida at Dick
Howser Stadium. Saturday’s contest will be televised by the Sunshine
Network. Both the Saturday and Sunday games against the Gators will start
at 2:00 p.m.