April 28, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (39-9, 11-5 ACC) dropped a 5-4 ACC
contest to NC State (27-22, 9-10 ACC) in front of 2,035 fans at Dick Howser
Stadium. The Wolfpack turned three FSU errors into four runs as they pulled
out the one-run victory in the ninth.
The Seminoles opened up a 3-0 lead with a two-out rally in the bottom of
the third inning. Chris Smith, John-Ford Griffin and Marshall McDougall had
back-to-back-to-back doubles before Ryan Barthelemy knocked in the third run
with a base hit to right.
NC State tied it up with three unearned runs in the top of the sixth. With
the bases loaded and two outs, McDougall could not handle a Mike Prochaska
ground ball to third and NCSU ended Mike Ziegler’s scoreless inning streak
at 14 innings. Andy Baxter followed with an RBI-single up the middle and
Criag Lee drew a pinch-hit walk to tie the score at three. Nick Whidden
came in and relieved Ziegler, recording a strikeout to end the inning.
FSU regained the lead in the seventh inning without a hit. Blair McCaleb
and Bobby Spano started the inning with a pair of walks and McCaleb moved to
third after tagging up on a Smith fly ball to right. Griffin picked up the
RBI with a sacrifice fly to deep center.
The Wolfpack took advantage of two more FSU errors to tie the game for the
second time in the eighth. After two singles, Brett Groves dropped a pop
fly to load the bases. Then Mike Futrell then dropped a fly ball in right
that made the score 4-4.
NC State scored a run in the top of the ninth to take its only lead of the
game. Brian Wright knocked in what proved to be the winning run with a
double to center. Wright’s double scored Josh Schmitt, who got on with a
double of his own earlier in the inning.
Prochaska got the win in relief, working two scoreless innings for the
Wolfpack. Josh Miller finished off FSU in the ninth for his first save of
Chris Whidden gave up the fifth and deciding run to drop to 1-1 on the
season. Ziegler allowed three unearned runs on five hits in the no-decision.
FSU completes its home schedule with NC State on Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and
Sunday (1:00 p.m.). Sunday’s game will be televised by Sunshine Network.
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