June 12, 2000
By Mark Long
OMAHA, Neb. – Mike Ziegler pitched a five-hitter and Ryan Barthelemy
hit his fifth career College World Series home run Monday night as Florida
State staved off elimination with a 6-2 victory over Texas.
Ziegler retired 15 of the final 17 batters. He had sat down 13 consecutive
Texas batters before Matt Rosenberg singled with one out in the ninth. Two
batters later, Tommy Nicholson doubled, scoring Rosenberg.
Nicholson had two hits for the Longhorns (46-21).
But Ziegler (10-4) got Ben Emond to fly out to end the game, his 11th fly
ball out. The junior right-hander struck out five without a walk.
The Seminoles face Southern California on Tuesday in another elimination
Ziegler started and finished with a flurry. He retired nine of the first 10
Longhorns before giving up a hit to Todd West in the fourth inning. West scored
three batters later on Chris Houser’s single.
But Ziegler went right back to work.
He sat down the next 12 Texas batters in order, giving him four straight
1-2-3 innings. He had seven three-up, three-down innings total.
The game took 2 hours, 17 minutes, the fastest CWS game since 1995.
The Seminoles (52-18) led off the game with three consecutive hits, but only
got one run out of the bases-loaded situation.
FSU added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Again, the Seminoles got three straight hits. Mike Futrell’s single up the
middle scored Jernigan, and Balet came home on a wild pitch to put Florida
State ahead 3-0.
John-Ford Griffin hit a solo home run in the fifth, his ninth of the season,
to give the Seminoles a 4-1 lead.
Seibel (5-2) was pulled in the sixth after giving up his only walk of the
game. He allowed eight hits and four runs and struck out six.
Barthelemy, who went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs in the ‘Noles
opening loss to Southern California, made it 6-1 in the eighth with a two-run
homer, his 13th of the season and fifth all-time at Rosenblatt Stadium.