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No. 1 FSU Baseball Outlasts No. 12 Miami, 14-13, In 17 Inning Marathon

April 7, 2000




Box Score



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (33-5) scored three runs in the
bottom of the 17th inning to defeat No. 12 Miami (24-10-1) 14-13 in front of
a crowd of 4,626 at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU trailed 9-0 at one point in
the game and 11-7 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs before rallying
for four runs to force extra innings. UM scored two runs in the top of the
17th before FSU won the game with three in the home half of the inning. The
game goes down as the longest in both school’s history.

The visiting Hurricanes scored first in the top of the second on Lale
Esquivel’s two-run homer to left. Danny Matienzo was on board after being
hit by a pitch when Esquivel homered.

UM made it 4-0 with two more runs in the third inning. Mike Rodriguez
singled and stole second before Manny Crespo picked up the RBI with a single
to right. Matienzo followed with a triple to score Crespo.

The Hurricanes increased their lead to 7-0 with three more in the top of
the third. Javy Rodriguez knocked in Kris Clute and Mark Walker with a
single to right, and Mike Rodriguez plated Javy Rodriguez with a base hit to
center.

Matienzo hit UM’s second home run of the game, a solo shot over the left
field wall off starter Jon McDonald in the fifth. The Hurricanes added
another run in the fifth when Mark Walker scored on Blair McCaleb’s throwing
error.

The Seminoles finally got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of
the fifth inning. John-Ford Griffin walked and scored on Marshall
McDougall’s triple to left center. Ryan Barthelemy then added another RBI
to his ACC-leading total with a base hit to right.

FSU put four runs on the scoreboard in the sixth to cut UM’s lead to 9-6.
Brett Groves led off with a single, John Halliday walked and Pichi Balet
singled to load the bases with no outs. Groves scored when Mike Futrell
grounded into a double play. Smith kept the inning going with a walk and
scored along with Halliday when center fielder Mark Walker mishandled a deep
fly ball by Griffin. McDougall made it 9-6 when he singled to center to
score Griffin.

In the top of the seventh, Mike DiRosa put UM up 11-6 with a two-run double
to left.

The Tribe got one of the runs back in the bottom of the seventh when Smith
doubled to right to score Groves, who had reached on a single.

Down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, Balet and Futrell got on
after back-to-back singles. After Smith walked, Griffin ripped a single to
first to score Bobby Spano (who pinch ran for Balet) and another run scored
on a Hurricane error. McDougall then tied the game with a two-run double to
left field.

After neither team could score a run over the next seven innings, Miami
took a 13-11 lead with two runs in the top of the 17th. Charlton Jimerson
reached on a bunt base hit and scored on Javy Rodriguez’s double to left.
Rodriguez then stole third and scored on an error.

After one out in the bottom of the 17th, McDougall singled and Barthelemy
tied the game with a home run over the right field screen. Karl Jernigan
followed with his only hit of the night, a single up the middle. Groves
recorded the game-winning hit with a double down the right field line that
scored Jernigan.
Jernigan also picked up the win after recording the final out in the top of
the 17th inning. Tom Farmer took the loss despite a solid outing in relief,
giving up three runs on three
hits in 7.1 innings.

McDougall led all hitters with a 6-for-9 outing with four RBI and two runs
scored. Griffin extended his hitting streak to 20 games. McDougall and
Jernigan established a new FSU record with nine at bats in a game. FSU’s 64
at bats also set a new school record.

The series continues Saturday with FSU RHP Mike Ziegler (6-1) going against
UM LHP Brian Walker (5-1) at 7:00 p.m.


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