May 7, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. – Casey Stone’s RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth gave No. 8
Clemson (39-12, 14-6 ACC) a 5-4 win over No. 2 Florida State (41-11, 13-7
ACC) in front of 4,061 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers jumped out to the early lead with four runs in the bottom of the
second inning. Brian Ellis walked and moved to third on Justin Singleton’s
single to left center. Stone knocked in Ellis with a base hit to left and
Singleton advanced to third on the hit. Stone moved up a base on a wild
pitch before Singleton scored on Patrick Boyd’s infield hit. Boyd then
stole second and Khalil Greene followed with a two-run single up the middle.
The Seminoles chipped away with two more runs in the top of the fifth.
Smith started things off with a walk and Griffin followed with an infield
hit. Smith was forced out at third when Marshall McDougall grounded into a
fielder’s choice. After Ryan Barthelemy walked, Griffin and McDougall came
around to score on Karl Jernigan’s single to left. With runners on second
and third and one out, Brett Groves was called out on strikes and Barthelemy
was picked off third by Clemson catcher Brian Ellis.
In the top of the seventh, the Tribe tied the game at four when McDougall
walked, stole second, advanced to third on Barthelemy’s ground out and came
home on a wild pitch.
Mike Calitri led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left. Brian
Holstad came in to pinch-run for Calitri and advanced to second on a wild
pitch by FSU reliever Chris Whidden. Mike DiBlasi then entered from the FSU
bullpen and Whidden moved into right field for Smith, who has been slowed by
a knee injury. Singleton hit a 1-2 pitch up the middle to put runners on
the corners for Stone. The Tiger left fielder hit a line drive to right and
Whidden made a diving effort, but could not come up with the ball as Holstad
scored the winning run.
Griffin (2-for-4) was the only Seminole to have more than one hit on the night.
Whidden (1-2) took the loss, giving up one run in 1.2 innings of work.
Starter Blair Varnes allowed four runs on six hits in four innings.
Freshman Daniel Hodges, who came in to relieve Varnes in the fifth with the
bases loaded and no outs, did not allow a run over 2.1 innings and struck
out the first four batters he faced.
Steve Reba (2-0) got the win for Clemson, working the 2.2 scoreless innings
to close out the game.
The top three batters in the order for CU accounted for eight of the
Tigers’ 12 hits, which were all singles.
The two teams meet in the final game of the series Monday with FSU RHP Jon
McDonald (9-2) scheduled to face CU RHP Scott Berney (7-4).
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