March 30, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla – Rightfielder John-Ford Griffin drove in three
runs on four hits and leftfielder Matt Diaz belted a three-run double in
the fourth inning in No. 1 Florida State’s 14-1 victory over Mercer in
front of a crowd of 1,217 at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles (30-3) extended their winning streak to 16 games,
while Mercer (19-13) ended a six-game winning streak.
Right-hander Mike Smalley (3-0) held the Bears to one run on six
hits in his third win of the season. Smalley struck out five batters
and walked four in five innings pitched.
Third baseman Kevin Cash ripped a two-run single to get the
Seminoles’ run parade started in the first inning. Cash recorded two
hits on the day.
“I was glad to see us establish ourselves early today,” said
head coach Mike Martin. “Our relievers also did a great job and I
especially like to see a zero in the errors column.”
Second baseman Marshall McDougall extended his hitting streak to
24 games with an RBI-single in Florida State’s five-run third inning.
Centerfielder Karl Jernigan added two runs to the FSU board with
his fourth home run of the season in the fifth inning.
The Seminoles chased Mercer right-hander Jeff Nebel (6-1) after
2 1/3 innings after he gave up nine runs on seven hits and three walks.
Nebel fanned three batters in the outing.
Bears’ first baseman Brandon Blair blasted a solo home run to
right field in the fourth inning.
Florida State relief pitchers combined for four scoreless
innings and five strikeouts.
Seminole first baseman John Halliday, who sat out today’s game
with a groin injury, is progressing well and is hoping to be back for
this weekend’s three-game series with No. 19 Wake Forest according to
FSU trainer Duane Brooks.
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