March 14, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (24-2) easily defeated South Florida
(11-10) by a score of 18-7 this evening at Dick Howser Stadium in front of
1,791. Mike Futrell recorded a new career-high with five RBI and Chris
Smith tied a career-high as he also had five RBI for the Tribe. The 18 runs
scored by FSU were a season-high.
The game looked like it would be a high scoring contest from the start as
South Florida scored five runs in the first two innings and FSU scored six
in the bottom of the first.
USF’s two runs in the first were both scored when FSU starter Matt Lynch
walked back-to-back batters with the bases loaded.
The Seminoles six-run first was highlighted by a Futrell two-run single to
right and a Smith two-run double to right.
The Bulls cut the lead to 6-5 when Daniel Boyd hit a three-run homer to right.
In the bottom of the third, FSU took control with seven runs on five hits
and one USF error. John-Ford Griffin plated the first run with a base hit
to right, and Ryan Barthelemy and Karl Jernigan each picked up an RBI when
they drew bases-loaded walks. Futrell added three more RBI when he doubled
to left with the bases full. The seventh run of the inning came across when
Smith drew the third bases-loaded walk of the inning.
Marshall McDougall made it 14-5 when he hit his fifth home run of the
season, a solo shot to right center.
Smith tied Barthelemy for the team lead in home runs (7) with a two-run
shot over the screen in right field.
Pichi Balet accounted for FSU’s final two runs of the game with a home run
to left with Futrell aboard. Balet has three homers in FSU’s last three
games and four on the season.
Freshman RHP Nick Whidden (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Matt
Lynch. Whidden worked 3.0 innings, allowing one run on one hit. USF
starter John Vigue (0-3) took the loss after surrendering 10 runs (five
earned) in 2.1 innings.
The Seminoles travel to Wake Forest this weekend for a three-game ACC
series with the Demon Deacons. FSU will play on Friday (3:00 p.m.),
Saturday (1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 p.m.) in Winston-Salem.
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