Feb. 13, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 4 Florida State (7-2) won 13-1 in front of 4,182 at
Dick Howser Stadium to take two-of-three from No. 1 Stanford (6-3). FSU
broke open a 2-1 game with three runs in the fifth and put Stanford away
with seven more in the bottom of the eighth.
RHP Mike Ziegler (2-0) shut down the Cardinal in his third career FSU start,
allowing just one run on five hits, striking out 13 and walking one in seven
innings of work. The 13 strikeouts were the most for a Seminole pitcher
since Chris Chavez struck out 13 at Georgia Tech last season.
Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin extended his hitting streak to 14 games
as he went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a triple. Griffin was 10-for-15
(.667) for the series with four RBI and four runs scored. He leads the team
with a .528 batting average.
The Tribe got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second
without a base hit. Center fielder Karl Jernigan drew a walk, stole second
and advanced to third on a balk. Left fielder Mike Futrell got the RBI with
a sacrifice fly with to right.
Stanford catcher Damien Alvarado tied the score at one with a solo home run
over the right field fence in the top of the third inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, FSU went on top for good with a run to make it
2-1. With two outs, Jernigan and right fielder Chris Smith recorded
back-to-back singles. Shortstop Brett Groves followed with a base hit to
right to score Jernigan.
First baseman Ryan Barthelemy gave the Seminoles some breathing room with a
three-run homer in the fifth. Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin doubled
and second baseman Marshall McDougall walked before Barthelemy hit his third
of the season.
FSU added another run in the sixth to make it 6-1 when Smith hit a solo
home run to right, his third of the year.
In the top of the eighth, reliever Mike DiBlasi got two quick outs before
issuing three straight walks to load the bases. Chris Whidden came in for
DiBlasi and gave up a deep fly ball to center where Jernigan made a leaping
grab against the wall to save three runs and end the inning.
The Seminoles added seven runs in the bottom of the eighth on seven hits to
put the game out of reach.
McDougall (2-for-4), Futrell (2-for-3) and Groves (2-for5) had multi-hit
games for the Tribe in addition to Griffin.
Up next for FSU is a road trip to Gainesville for a two-game series with
Florida (Feb. 19-20). Saturday’s game will be televised on Sunshine at 2:00
p.m. Sunday’s game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. first pitch.