April 18, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pinch-hitter Brian Seever ripped a basehit to
knock in second baseman Kris Clute for the game-winning run in the
eighth inning as No. 5 Miami (28-9) edged No. 1 Florida State (38-6),
7-6, in front of 3,850 fans at Dick Howser Stadium.
Right-hander Vince Vazquez (3-1) earned the win in relief of
starter Darryl Roque after striking out five batters in 2 1/3 innings.
Roque held the Seminoles to three runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings in
the no-decision. Closer Michael Neu earned his second save of the
series and seventh of the year as he held onto Miami’s lead and fanned
“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” commented head coach Mike
Martin. “Miami made the pitches, made the plays to beat us. I’m over
here trying to get the lead, so we don’t have to face that guy (Michael
Neu). We have to keep it all in perspective. We have a good baseball
team and we got beat by a good baseball team. That’s going to happen.”
FSU reliever Chris Chavez took to loss despite holding Miami to
one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Chavez struck out seven batters
in the outing after relieving right-hander Blair Varnes in the first
Miami jumped out to a 6-0 lead as the Hurricanes batted around
in a six-run first inning. First baseman Greg Lovelady, rightfielder
Mark Walker and third baseman Mike Rodriguez all had RBI singles while
second baseman Kris Clute knocked in two with a single to right and
catcher Russ Jacobson had a RBI sacrifice fly. Varnes lasted only
two-thirds of an inning, giving up six earned runs on six hits.
FSU rallied in th bottom of the fifth with six runs of their own
to tie the score at six apiece. Leftfielder John-Ford Griffin doubled
in shortstop Brett Groves, who had reached on a single, to start the
rally. After pinch hitter Ryan Barthelemy drew a bases loaded walk,
third baseman Kevin Cash ripped a grand slam over the left field wall.
It was his first career grand slam and ninth home run of the season.
Leftfielder Charlton Jimerson singled and scored on a passed
ball to put the Hurricanes up 8-6 in the ninth inning.
The Seminoles attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth as
first baseman John Halliday doubled and scored on a single by Cash to
cut the lead to 8-7, but FSU came up short as center fielder Chris Smith
grounded out with a runner on third base to end the game.
The two teams will meet again this weekend in Miami to complete
the six-game set. Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled for 7:00
p.m., and Sunday’s game will start at 1:00 p.m.
UM 600 000 011 8 11 2 FSU 000 060 001 7 7 1
E - Jacobson, Lovelady, Klosterman LOB - UM 9, FSU 10 2B - Griffin, Halliday HR - Cash (9)