May 3, 1999
ATLANTA, GA — Florida State (40-10, 16-2 ACC) defeated Georgia
Tech (31-17, 10-11 ACC) 4-2 in front of 2,035 fans at Russ Chandler
Stadium to take two-of-three from the Yellow Jackets in the series.
RHP Chris Chavez (6-4) recorded a career-best 13 strikeouts and
gave up two earned runs on two hits in 8 2/3 innings. Chavez allowed
just two balls to leave the infield in the victory.
RHP Chris Whidden came in from the FSU bullpen to retire the
final batter with a strikeout of his own and earn his second save of the
Georgia Tech got on the board first with two runs in the bottom
of the third inning. With two outs, center fielder Matthew Boggs
walked, right fielder Brad Stockton singled and third baseman Mark
Teixeira walked to load the bases. Left fielder Jason Basil then
singled up the middle to score Boggs and Stockton.
The Seminoles picked up a run in the top of the fourth inning
without a hit. Crowder walked four FSU batters with designated hitter
Chris Hart getting the RBI by drawing the bases loaded walk.
FSU made it 4-2 with a three-spot in the fifth. Left fielder
Mike Futrell doubled home second baseman Bobby Spano, who reached on a
walk, for the first run. Right fielder Matt Diaz then hit his 15th home
run of the season with Futrell aboard.
Futrell was 2-for-3 on the day, ending the three-game series
with a .700 average (7-10) with three doubles and a home run. He also
scored five runs and collected four RBI.
Yellow Jacket starter, LHP Chuck Crowder, (9-3) went 6 innings
and gave up four earned runs in the loss.
Florida State’s magic number to clinch the ACC regular season
title is now one game, including the tie-breaker.
The Seminoles continue their ACC road schedule with a three game
set at Maryland, which begins Friday.
FSU 000 130 000 4 4 0
GT 002 000 000 2 0 0
E- None. LOB- FSU 4, GT 5. 2B- Futrell 2 (10). HR- M. Diaz (15). SB-
McDougall. CS- Smith.