April 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Right fielder Chris Smith led top-ranked Florida
State (35-5) to a 5-4 victory over No. 12 Miami (24-12-1) with an RBI-double
in the bottom of the ninth inning in front of a Dick Howser Stadium crowd of
4,037. Miami scored two runs in the top of the ninth to force FSU to bat in
the bottom half of the inning. Mike Futrell drew a walk and came around to
score on Smith’s line drive down the first base line as the Seminoles
recorded their first three-game sweep of the Hurricanes since 1993.
Miami took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Kevin
Howard and Manny Crespo.
FSU tied it up in the bottom of the second inning on three straight two-out
singles by Futrell, Smith and John-Ford Griffin. Griffin picked up the RBI
with his base hit to right.
The Hurricanes regained the lead in the fourth when Javy Rodriguez walked,
stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and came home on a double
John Halliday answered the UM run with a solo home run over the right field
screen to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning.
FSU took its first lead of the game (3-2) in the sixth. Ryan Barthelemy
walked, Karl Jernigan singled and Brett Groves reached on a bunt base hit to
load the bases with no outs. FSU could only manage one run however, as
Halliday grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
Smith upped the FSU lead to 4-2 with a home run to right center, his
team-leading 10th of the season.
In the top of the ninth, Miami made it interesting with a pair of runs to
tie the game at 4-4. Javy Rodriguez doubled and Mike DiRosa singled to put
runners on the corners with one out. Charlton Jimerson pinch ran for DiRosa
and promptly stole second. Chris Whidden came in from the bullpen and
struck out Mark Walker. Mike DiBlasi was then called in to face Mike
Rodriguez and gave up a two-run single to left before striking out Howard to
end the inning.
Futrell’s walk and Smith’s double finished off the Hurricanes in the bottom
of the ninth inning. There was no play at the plate as Futrell easily beat
the relay throw home.
Griffin went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. Smith
(3-for-5), Jernigan (3-for-4) and Futrell (2-for-3) also had multi-hit games
for the Tribe.
DiBlasi (1-0) got the win in relief with UM reliever Greg Howell taking the
loss after working the final 1.1 innings.
FSU starter Blair Varnes had another strong outing, but did not figure into
the decision. Varnes worked 6.0 innings and gave up two runs (one earned)
on four hits while striking out four and walking four.
Next up on the FSU schedule is a Wednesday 6:00 p.m. game with Jacksonville
at Dick Howser Stadium.
UM 100 100 002 4 8 0
FSU 010 011 101 5 13 1