Second baseman Marshall
McDougall scored on a wild
pitch against Miami.
No. 1 Seminoles Fall to Miami, 9-4
Baseball jumps out to an early lead but can’t hold on.
April 24, 1999
CORAL GABLES, Fla – Florida State (38-8) lost its fourth
straight game to Miami (30-9) in front of 5,062 at Mark Light Stadium.
UM starter David Gil (5-0) struck out a career-high 12 and
surrendered just two earned runs in seven innings to earn the win.
Reliever Michael Neu pitched the final two innings to record his eighth
save of the season.
FSU scored two unearned runs in the first and second innings to
take a 2-0 lead. Second baseman Marshall McDougall scored from third on
a Gil wild pitch in the first. McDougall had advanced to third on
leftfielder Manny Crespo’s two-base fielding error after a single. In
the second, designated hitter Sam Scott walked, took two bases on a
passed ball, and scored from third on a Brett Groves RBI-single to left.
The Seminoles extended their lead to 4-0 with a two-out rally in
the top of the third. First baseman John Halliday drew a walk and
catcher Jeremiah Klosterman singled before third baseman Kevin Cash
knocked them both in with a double down the right field line.
Miami answered in the bottom of the third with two runs of their
own. Shortstop Bobby Hill walked and centerfielder Mike Rodriguez
followed with a single. Both runners moved up a base on a double steal
and Hill scored on a Klosterman throwing error. Russ Jacobson knocked
in Rodriguez with a single to left-center.
UM tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning
Jacobson’s second and third RBIs of the game. Right-hander Blair Varnes
hit Mike Rodriguez, gave up a single to Crespo and they both moved into
scoring position on a double steal. Jacobson’s single to center scored
the two Hurrcane base runners.
The Hurricanes scored their fifth unanswered run to take the
lead for good at 5-4 after six. Kris Clute and Hill singled to start
the inning. Mike Rodriguez doubled to score Clute, but Hill was thrown
out at the plate by rightfielder Matt Diaz. Varnes gave way to LHP Mike
DiBlasi after giving up single to Clute. Varnes (7-1) lost his first
game of the year, working 5 1/3 innings and givingup five earned runs.
In the bottom of the eighth, UM picked up four insurance runs
when Mark Walker doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by
Clute, Hill hit a solo home run and Crespo added a two-run homer.
Hill’s 37th stolen base of the season in the third inning
established a new Miami career stolen base record at 124.
The last time FSU lost four straight games was in 1994, exactly
500 games ago.