Brett Groves helped the
Seminoles defeat Jacksonville
Saturday, driving in
Seminoles Top Jacksonville to Advance to Regional Title Game
FSU weathers rain delay to down the Dolphins, 9-2
May 29, 1999
TALLAHASEE, Fla – Florida State freshman outfielder Chris Smith
had three hits and three RBI and starting pitcher Nick Stocks struck out
eight in six innings of work as the top-seeded Seminoles (50-12) beat
third-seeded Jacksonville 9-2 on Saturday night in the NCAA Division I
Baseball Regional at Tallahassee.
“It was a long day but it was well worth it,” said FSU head coach
Mike Martin about the game’s three hour, 45-minute delay at the start due
to rain. “I thought Nick (Stocks) had a good outing and Smitty (Chris
Smith) and Brett Groves were big on offense.”
Florida State took the lead for good in the third inning when
Groves, who went 2-for-5 with three RBI, led off with a bunt single. He
stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball
to give the Seminoles a 2-1 lead.
FSU led 3-2 in the eighth when Smith hit a run-scoring double to
left field to make it 4-2. Florida State added five runs in the ninth as
Marshall McDougall led off the frame with his 25th home run to seal the
win, the Tribe’s sixth straight in regional play.
Stocks allowed just three hits and two runs, one earned, to pick up
the win and move to 11-2. Chris Chavez worked three innings of hitless
relief and fanned five to earn his fourth save. Nick Regilio went seven
innings, allowing just six hits and three runs, but took the loss for
Jacksonville to fall to 7-2.
The rain delay pushed Saturday night’s scheduled elimination game
between the FSU-Jacksonville loser and Providence back to 1:00 p.m. on
Sunday. The winner of that contest will take on Florida State at 5:00 p.m.
A Seminole win on Sunday moves the Tribe into next weekend’s super
regional against the winner of the Auburn Regional. A Florida State loss
means the the regional title will be decided with an 11:00 a.m. game on