April 23, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (39-8, 11-4 ACC) topped No. 6 Georgia
Tech (34-10, 14-4 ACC) by a score of 7-5 in front of 2,243 fans on Easter
Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium. Georgia Tech leads in the conference
standings with FSU and Clemson tied for second with identical 11-4 ACC records.
FSU junior right-hander Jon McDonald improved his record to 9-2 on the year
with the win, working six innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on
FSU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Chris Smith
singled, took second on a failed pickoff attempt, and scored on John-Ford
Griffin’s double down the left field line.
The Yellow Jackets picked up an unearned run in the second to tie the game.
With two outs, Jason Basil singled up the middle and Victor Menocal followed
with a double to right. Basil came around to score when second baseman
Bobby Spano could not handle Chris Smith’s throw on the cutoff.
Georgia Tech took a 4-1 lead with three in the top of the third. Bryan
Prince knocked in two runs with a bases loaded single to left and Derik
Goffena brought home a run with a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom half of the inning, FSU got two runs back to make it 4-3.
Spano led off with a walk and Smith followed with an RBI-double to left
center. Smith advanced to third on Griffin’s ground out to the pitcher and
scored on Marshall McDougall’s ground out to second.
FSU picked up two important runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With
two outs, Groves laid down a bunt that Georgia Tech pitcher Kevin Cameron
fielded and threw away. Groves got around to second on the two-base error.
Scott Boyd then came through with what proved to be the game-winning RBI
with a pinch-hit double off the wall in left. Blair McCaleb plated Boyd
with a single up the middle to give FSU a 7-4 cushion.
Georgia Tech scored one run in the top of the ninth when Victor Menocal
scored on a Jason Perry double. FSU closer Chris Whidden rebounded to
record his fifth save of the season.
Smith was the only Seminole to have more than one hit on the day, finishing
Steve Kelly (6-2) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six over
seven innings. Kelly struck out nine and walked two.
FSU plays its final home series of the season against NC State on Friday
(7:00 p.m.), Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.). Sunday’s game
will be televised by Sunshine Network.
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