June 21, 1999 - by
No. 4 Baseball Crushes Georgia Tech, 18-4

May 1, 1999


ATLANTA, Ga. – Florida State (39-10, 15-2 ACC) ended its
six-game losing streak with an 18-4 win over Georgia Tech (31-16, 10-10
ACC) in front of a season-high 2,263 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium. FSU
tied a season-high with 12 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.


The Seminoles scored two runs on just one hit in the top of the
second. Third baseman Sam Scott led off the inning with a walk and
catcher Jeremiah Klosterman followed with a double. Shortstop Kevin
Cash’s fielder’s choice scored Scott and center fielder Chris Smith
grounded out to score Klosterman.


Georgia Tech picked up a run in the third inning to make it 2-1.
Right fielder Matt Stockton doubled, advanced to third on a Mark
Teixeira single, and scored when Teixeira was tagged out in a run-down
at second and McDougall’s throw was late to the plate.


Cash’s second RBI of the game, a solo home run (10) in the top
of the fourth, gave FSU a 3-1 lead.


Designated hitter John Halliday made it 5-1 with a two-out
double in the fifth inning. After McDougall and Diaz reached on a pair
of singles, Halliday knocked them in with a double to right-center
field.


The Yellow Jackets got a run in the sixth inning when shortstop
Victor Menocal doubled and scored on designated hitter Jason Basil’s
single to center.


FSU answered with a run of its own in the top of the seventh as
left fielder Mike Futrell hit his third home run of the season to left
field.


The Florida State lead was cut to 6-4 when Stockton hit a
two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.


The Tribe broke it open in the bottom of the eighth with 12 runs
on nine hits as 16 Seminoles stepped to the plate in the inning. The 12
runs tied the mark for runs in an innng this season (Jacksonville 4/14).
Klosterman had a solo home run (5) and an RBI-single while Futrell
knoked in a two runs with two singles. Third baseman Sam Scott knocked
in three with a bases loaded double and McDougall had a two-RBI double.


RHP Blair Varnes (7-1) got the win for the Seminoles, going 6
1/3 innings with four earned runs. Yellow Jacket RHP Steve Kelly (0-1)
worked six innings and gave up six (five earned) runs in the loss


With the victory and a Clemson loss earlier in the day,
Florida State’s magic number to clinch the ACC regular season title
dropped to two games.


The two teams will complete the three-game series Sunday at 4:00
p.m. The contest will be the ACC Game of the Week and will be carried by
the Sunshine Network.

FSU      020 120 1(12)0 - 18 17 3 
GT       001 001 2  0 0 -  4  8 1 

E- McDougall 2, Scott, Teixeira. LOB- FSU 7, GT 7.

2B- McDougall, Halliday, Scott, Klosterman, Stockton, Donaghey, Menocal. HR- Futrell (3), Kosterman (5), Cash (10), Stockton (5).

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