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No. 4 Florida State Baseball Knocks Off No. 1 Stanford, 11-4

Feb. 11, 2000

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 4 Florida State (6-1) defeated No. 1 Stanford (5-2) in
front of 4,324 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The Cardinal held a 4-3 lead
after two innings, but FSU scored eight unanswered runs to win going away.

In the top of the first, Stanford right fielder Joe Borchard knocked in a
run with a double to right and third baseman John Gall made it 2-0 on a
fielder’s choice.

FSU responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Shortstop Brett Groves started things off with a walk and moved to third
when designated hitter John-Ford Griffin singled to right. After a Marshall
McDougall walk, Ryan Barthelemy plated Groves with a base hit to left.
Third baseman Pichi Balet knocked in a run with a ground out to second and
Barthelemy eventually scored on a passed ball.

Stanford regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second
inning. Designated hitter Ryan Garko drew a walk and left fielder Jason
Cooper homered over the left field wall to make it 4-3 Stanford.

The Seminoles took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the
fourth inning. Right fielder Chris Smith scored center fielder Karl
Jernigan with a single with Griffin knocking in Smith with a single.
Groves, who reached on a walk, scored on a wild pitch to put the Seminoles
up 6-4.

FSU went on to add a run in the fifth, three more in the sixth and one in
the eighth to complete the scoring. Smith and Balet had run scoring doubles
while Barthelemy had two RBIs on a single and sacrifice fly.

Junior RHP Jon McDonald won his second game of the season as he worked 6.0
innings and gave up four runs (all earned) on six hits. McDonald struck out
six and walked two. Freshman Daniel Hodges recorded the save, allowing one
hit and no runs in three innings.

LHP Mike Gonsling took the loss in relief after giving up three earned runs
in 3.1 innings, striking out three and walking six. Stanford starter Jason
Young recorded only one out as he left the game in the first with soreness
in his shoulder. The Cardinal pitching staff had four wild pitches and
walked nine.

Griffin extended his hitting streak to 12 games as he went 3-for-5 on the
night. Barthelemy (2-for-4, three RBI) and Smith (2-for-3, two RBI) also
had solid outings for FSU at the plate.

The Seminoles and Cardinal will play Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at
1:00 p.m. RHP Blair Varnes (0-1) will face RHP Justin Wayne (2-0) in
Saturday’s contest.

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