April 15, 2000
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami (26-12-1) won its fifth straight home game over
Florida State (36-7) by a score of 7-3 at Mark Light Stadium in front of a
season-high crowd of 4,373.
The Hurricanes went up 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning when first
baseman Danny Matienzo singled home center fielder Mike Rodriguez and
designated hitter Lale Esquivel hit a two-run homer to center with Matienzo
UM shortstop Javy Rodriguez increased the lead to 6-0 with a three-run homer
to left with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
The Seminoles finally got on the scoreboard with three runs in the top of
the fifth to cut the Hurricane lead to 6-3. Left fielder John-Ford Griffin
ripped a two-run home run to right with shortstop Brett Groves aboard after
drawing a walk. Third baseman Marshall McDougall followed with a base hit
to left, advanced to second on first baseman Ryan Barthelemy’s walk and
scored when UM second baseman Kris Clute threw the ball away when attempting
to turn a double play on Karl Jernigan’s ground ball to shortstop.
Miami made it 7-3 in the sixth when Clute scored on a one-out, bases loaded
ground ball to shortstop that was mishandled by Brett Groves.
UM starter Brian Walker (6-2) was the winner, allowing three runs (two
earned) on five hits over six innings. Luke DeBold and Tom Farmer combined
for three scoreless innings to finish off FSU.
Mike Ziegler took the loss (7-2), giving up seven earned runs in 5.1 innings
while striking out six and walking two.
Griffin was the only Seminole to have more than one hit on the night as he
responded with a 3-for-5 outing after having his 23-game hitting streak
ended Friday night.
The game was delayed for 30 minutes as light showers stopped play.
FSU RHP Blair Varnes (6-1) is scheduled to face UM RHP Kiki Bengochea (4-1)
in the final game of the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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