April 17, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (38-4) took the first
game of a three-game home series against No. 5 Miami (26-9) with a 8-2
win over the Hurricanes in front of 4,489 at Dick Howser Stadium.
Second baseman Marshall McDougall led the way for the Seminoles at the
plate with a three-home run night as FSU hit a total of six home runs on
“It’s one you wish you could treasure for a week,” said FSU head
coach Mike Martin. “But, we know we have to come out here and play hard
again tomorrow night.”
FSU RHP Jon McDonald (7-1) held the ‘Canes in check as he gave
up just two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings for the win, striking out six
and walking one. RHP Chris Whidden picked up his first career save as
he struck out the final five Hurricane batters. UM RHP Alex Santos
(8-2) took the loss, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up five runs (4
earned) while striking out 10.
McDougall wasted no time in extending his hitting streak to 33
games with a solo home run in the bottom first that put FSU up 1-0.
McDougall could tie J.D. Drew’s school record of 34 games Saturday night
with a hit.
In the second, UM leftfielder Kevin Brown tied the score at 1-1
with a solo homer of his own. The Seminoles responded with two in the
bottom of the inning. Designated hitter Sam Scott hit his sixth home
run of the season and centerfielder Chris Smith scored an unearned run
after Miami committed a pair of infield errors.
FSU took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth as freshman
leftfielder John-Ford Griffin hit the Seminoles’ third solo home run of
the game. Rightfielder Matt Diaz was thrown out at the plate to end the
inning after attempting to score on a John Halliday pop-up that fell
into shallow left field.
UM Rightfielder Mark Walker added another home run in the top of
the fifth to cut the FSU lead to 4-2.
The Tribe put the game out of reach with four runs in the
seventh and eighth. McDougall hit his second and third homers of the
game in the seventh and eighth innings to push his season total to 15.
Diaz followed McDougall with a homerun of his own in the eighth to stay
one back in the team HR race with 14.
UM 010 010 000 2 9 2
FSU 120 100 13x 8 12 1
E- Hill, Lovelady, Cash. LOB- UM 6, FSU 9. HR- Brown, M. Walker, M.
Diaz, Griffin, McDougall (3), Scott.