March 28, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (29-4) won its fifth straight by
a 15-5 margin over visiting Mercer (9-18) in front of 1,286 at Dick Howser
Stadium. With Mercer scoring two runs in the third, FSU’s streak of holding
opponents scoreless ended at 34 innings.
John Halliday made it 2-0 Seminoles when he launched his first home run of
the season over the right field fence.
Mercer tied the score at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the third
inning. Rafael Rodriguez scored Chris Clayton on a ground out and Brent
Magouirk doubled home Robbie O’Dell for the second run.
FSU answered with two in the bottom half of the third. John-Ford Griffin
walked, advanced to second on a McDougall single and went to third after
tagging up on a fly ball to left. Karl Jernigan picked up the RBI with a
single to left. Brett Groves then scored McDougall on a base hit to make it
The Seminoles added two more in the fourth inning when Pichi Balet and
Griffin scored on an errant throw by Mercer third baseman Greg Schmidt on a
McDougall grounder. Balet got on with a double to right and Griffin reached
after being hit by a pitch before the two-out error.
The Tribe put the game away with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Balet and Griffin had run-scoring singles, Jernigan had an RBI-double,
McDougall ripped a run-scoring triple, Smith had a two-run double and Groves
knocked in FSU’s 13th run of the game with a ground out.
Mike Futrell made it 15-2 FSU with a two-run single up the middle with two
outs in the seventh to complete the scoring for the Seminoles.
Mercer added three unearned runs in the top of the ninth off Jernigan.
After Futrell dropped what would have been the final out of the game in
right field, Chris Connelley hit a two-run homer. Clayton doubled to left
center and scored on O’Dell’s double to right to give the Bears their fifth
and final run of the game.
FSU freshman LHP Matt Lynch improved to 4-0 on the season as he worked a
pre-determined four innings and gave up two earned runs on two hits. He
struck out six and walked two. Nick Whidden, Chris Ginn, Robby Read and
Mike DiBlasi each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Mercer RHP Justin Smith dropped to 0-2 on the year as he gave up 10 runs
(eight earned) on nine hits in 4.1 innings. Smith recorded five strikeouts
and walked five.
Griffin extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-4 outing.
McDougall led all hitters with three hits in four at bats, including two
RBI and two runs scored. Smith, Jernigan and Balet also had multi-hit games
for the Tribe.