February 5, 2000 - by
‘Noles Drop First Game Of Season

Feb. 5, 2000

Box Score

TEMPE, AZ – No. 5 Florida State (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season
as No. 22 Arizona State (8-1) took advantage of a big fifth inning to win
15-9 in front of 4,023 at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils scored seven runs
in the bottom of the fifth inning after FSU had taken a 9-5 lead with four
runs in the top of the fifth.

“It was just an old fashioned whipping,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We
made mistakes and Arizona State took advantage of them. We were up 9-5 and
let them back in the game. They were the better ball club today and they
deserved to win. You can’t make the mistakes we made and expect to win
against a team like that.”

The Seminoles took the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the
first. With two outs, first baseman Ryan Barthelemy hit a home run to
right with designated hitter John-Ford Griffin aboard.

Arizona State answered in the bottom of the third inning with five runs
(four earned) off starter Blair Varnes. Designated hitter Brendan Hines
started things off with a two-run homer to left to tie the score. The Sun
Devils batted around in the inning, scoring three more runs off three hits,
one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and an error.

In the top of the fourth, right fielder Chris Smith made it 5-5 with his
second home run of the season. Smith’s three-run blast over the right field
fence scored second baseman Marshall McDougall and third baseman Pichi Balet.

FSU made it 9-5 with a four-spot in the top of the fifth. Shortstop Brett
Groves singled, advanced to third on a failed pick-off attempt, and scored
on Griffin’s base hit to right. Balet then knocked in three runs with a
bases loaded double to left-center.

In the bottom of the fifth, ASU again batted around and took the lead with
seven runs on six singles, one walk and an error. LHP Chris Ginn replaced
Varnes, who did not retire a batter in the fifth. The Sun Devils added to
the 12-9 lead with three more in the sixth to complete the scoring.

Varnes (0-1) took the loss for the Tribe, giving up 10 runs (8 earned) on
eight hits in 4.0 innings. LHP Will Waldrip (2-0) got the win in relief for
the Sun Devils after working 2/3 of an inning and allowing one hit.

McDougall, Griffin and Balet led FSU at the plate with a pair of hits each.
McDougall and Griffin scored two runs each while Balet picked up three RBI.

“We’ve got to do a better job of limiting our mistakes tomorrow,” said
Martin. “We’ll have to learn from what happened today and move put forth
our best effort in Sunday’s game.”

The two teams will play the third and final game of the series Sunday at
3:00 p.m. EST. RHP Mike Ziegler (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will get the start for FSU.

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