April 1, 2000
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Third baseman Pichi Balet went 3-for-3 with a home run
to lead top-ranked Florida State (30-4, 8-2 ACC) to a 9-6 win over Virginia
(14-1-1, 2-5 ACC). Balet’s three-run homer, his fifth of the season, in the
top of the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie to give FSU the lead for good.
The visiting Seminoles took the lead in the top of the first when Marshall
McDougall belted a solo home run over the left field wall, his sixth of the
Virginia took a 3-1 lead with three runs in the bottom of the third. Jon
Benick knocked in two runs with a double and Luis Girardo plated Benick with
a double of his own. All three runs scored with two outs.
The Cavaliers added another run in the fourth when Ben Himes singled, moved
to third on a pair of ground outs and scored on a wild pitch.
FSU tied the game with three runs in the top of the fifth. Chris Smith
doubled down the first base line with one out. After the second out of the
inning was recorded, Smith scored on an RBI-single by Balet. Blair McCaleb
followed with a walk and Brett Groves kept it going with a single that
scored Balet. John-Ford Griffin knocked in the final run of the inning with
a RBI-single off Giraldo at third base.
After Smith singled and Mike Futrell reached on an error, Balet came
through with what would prove to be the game-winning homer to make it 7-4 FSU.
In the eighth, the Seminoles tacked on a pair of insurance runs when Groves
ripped a two-RBI ground-rule double to left center.
Virginia made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two more
runs before Chris Whidden came out of the bullpen to pick up his fourth save
of the year.
RHP Jon McDonald (8-1) was the winner, working 6.0 innings and giving up
four earned runs on six hits. McDonald walked four and struck out two.
LHP Brandon Creswell (1-6) took the loss for Virginia, giving up seven runs
(four earned) over 6.2 innings.
The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 12:00 p.m. to
complete the three-game series. Mike Ziegler (6-0 and Blair Varnes (6-0)
are FSU’s scheduled starters.
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