April 14, 2000
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – After winning three straight against the Hurricanes in
Tallahassee, the top-ranked Seminoles (36-6) dropped a 7-3 contest to No. 17
Miami (25-12-1) in front of 2,396 at Mark Light Stadium. UM RHP David Gil
worked 8.0 innings and gave up three runs on six hits as he improved his
record to 6-1 on the year. Gil struck out 10 and walked just one. RHP Tom
Farmer came in to close the game out in the ninth for the Hurricanes.
“David Gil was definitely the difference tonight,” said head coach Mike
Martin. “He threw well all night and really did a good job of spotting his
fastball. Miami just outplayed us, plain and simple.”
Miami got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the third
inning. Shortstop Javy Rodriguez walked and took second on a wild pitch
with left fielder Marcus Nettles following with a single to left to put
runners on the corners. Rodriguez scored and Nettles took second on a
delayed double steal. Nettles advanced to third on third baseman Marshall McDougall’s throwing error and scored on center fielder Mike Rodriguez’s
ground out to shortstop.
McDougall made up for the mistake in the top of the fourth when he hit his
eighth home run of the season over the left field wall. Right fielder Chris
Smith was on board after reaching on a perfectly executed bunt base hit down
the third base line. The Seminoles had not recorded a hit off UM starter
David Gil prior to Smith’s single and McDougall’s homer in the fourth.
UM regained the lead with a run at 4-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom
half of the inning. Right fielder Manny Crespo led off with a double off
the wall in left center and advanced to third on first baseman Danny
Matienzo’s ground out. Designated hitter Lale Esquivel picked up the RBI
with a sacrifice fly to right as Crespo narrowly beat Chris Smith’s throw in
a bang-bang play at the plate. With two outs, Mike DiRosa walked and moved
to third on back-to-back singles before scoring on Javy Rodriguez’s single
to center. Lefty Daniel Hodges came in to relieve starter Jon McDonald and
the inning ended when Kris Clute tried to steal home on a pitch in the dirt
and was tagged out by catcher Mike Futrell.
McDonald (8-2) had his shortest start of the season, lasting just 3.2
innings. The junior took the loss as he gave up four runs (three earned) on
six hits with three walks and one strikeout.
The Hurricanes scored two runs again in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead. Mike
Rodriguez doubled to right center and scored on Kevin Howard’s single up the
middle to start the inning. Howard took second on the throw and Crespo
followed with a bunt base hit to third. Matienzo scored Howard with a
single to left. On the next play, Esquivel flied out to right and and a
record-setting double play followed. Crespo took third on the fly out and
Matienzo started for second on the throw to third and during that run down,
Cresp started for home and got thrown out 9-3-6-4-2-5-1. The six assists on
the play tied for fifth in the NCAA record book for assists in an inning.
FSU got one back in the top of the sixth when Halliday’s sacrifice fly to
the warning track in right scored first baseman Ryan Barthelemy.
Esquivel pushed UM’s lead back to four at 7-3 when he led off the bottom of
the eighth with a solo homer to left center.
Right-hander Mike Ziegler (7-1) will face left-hander Brian Walker (5-2)
Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. with FSU RHP Blair Varnes (6-1) scheduled to go
against UM RHP Kiki Bengochea (4-1) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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