April 17, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Center fielder Mike Rodriguez doubled off the
rightfield wall to knock in catcher Russ Jacobson for the game-winning
run as No. 5 Miami (27-9) edged No. 1 Florida State (38-5) in front of a
season-best crowd of 5,032 at Dick Howser Stadium.
Miami right-hander David Gil (4-0) pitched eight innings, a
career-long, scattering eight hits and surrendering just two earned runs
on the night. Gil struck out five and walked one in the victory.
Reliever Mike Neu earned his sixth save of the season as he held onto
the Hurricanes’ lead in the ninth inning.
“Miami deserved to win this ballgame, said FSU head coach Mike
Martin. “Both of us had our chances. We didn’t take advantage of the
opportunites presented to us.”
Right-hander Chris Whidden (2-1) gave up one run on a pair of
hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief as he took the loss for FSU. Starter
Nick Stocks went 6 2/3 for the Seminoles, striking out 11 and giving up
only one earned run in the no-decision.
Leftfielder Kevin Brown gave the Hurricanes a solo home run in
the second, his 15th of the season. Seminole third baseman Kevin Cash
answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the inning to tie
the score at 1-1.
UM regained in the third when second baseman Kris Clute reached
on a Brett Groves error and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom the fourth, FSU loaded the bases with no outs on
singles by Matt Diaz, John Halliday and Jeremiah Klosterman. Cash
knocked in a run with a ground ball fielder’s choice, but that would be
the only run of the inning as centerfielder Karl Jernigan grounded back
to the pitcher for a double play. Cash had two hits and a pair of RBI
on the day.
The Seminoles took a 3-2 lead with a run in the bottom of the
seventh. Shortstop Brett Groves doubled down the third base line and
scored when Gil made an errant throw to first on a John-Ford Griffin
FSU second baseman Marshall McDougall’s hitting streak ended at
33 games, one short of tying J.D. Drew’s 34-game record set in 1997.
McDougall was 0-for-5 in the game.
Miami jumped back on top in the top of the eighth with a pair of
runs. Designated hitter Lale Esquivel singled with Marcus Nettles
taking over as the pinch runner on first. Esquivel stole second and
third base before scoring on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Greg
Lovelady to tie the game at 3-3.
UM 011 000 020 4 10 2 FSU 010 100 100 3 8 3
E-Gil, Hill, M. Diaz, Groves 2. DP-UM 3, FSU 1. LOB-UM 6, FSU 8. 2B-Clute, M. Rodriguez 2, Groves. HR-Brown (14), Cash (8).