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Top-Ranked Seminoles Split Doubleheader With Virginia

April 2, 2000



Box Score


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Top-ranked Florida State (31-5, 9-3 ACC) took two of a
three-game series against Virginia (15-17-1, 3-6 ACC), winning one of two on
a rainy Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers won a pitchers’ duel 2-1 in the
first game of the day, but the Seminoles bounced back to win game two by a
score of 10-4.

In game one, FSU got on the board in the first inning when John-Ford
Griffin doubled down the right field line and scored on Marshall McDougall’s
single up the middle. Griffin extended his hitting streak to 17 games with
the double.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Cavaliers took the lead with a pair of
runs to make it 2-1. Jon Benick reached on a single and advanced to third
when McDougall threw the ball over Bobby Spano’s head at second base on Luis
Giraldo’s ground ball to third. Tim LaVigne picked up an RBI when his
sacrifice fly to center scored Benick. Mark Rueffert recorded the
game-winning RBI when he plated Giraldo with a single to right.

Mike Ziegler (6-1) took the loss, despite giving up just two runs (none
earned) on six hits in 7.2 innings of work. Ziegler had eight strikeouts
and walked just two.

Jon Metzger (2-2) picked up the win in relief for UVA and LaVigne pitched
the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Griffin went 3-for-5 to lead FSU at the plate in game one with McDougall
(2-for-5), Smith (2-for-4) and Groves (2-for-4) also having multi-hit games
for the Tribe.

FSU    100    000    000    1    9    2
UVA    000    000    02x    2    7    1


Virginia took the early lead in game two with two runs in the bottom of the
third inning. Ben Himes doubled and scored on David Stone’s double. Stone
then scored run number two on Robbie Marvin’s single.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Seminoles took the lead with three
runs. Karl Jernigan doubled and came home when left fielder Grant Mayer
threw the ball into the Virginia dugout. After a Chris Smith walk, Pichi
Balet hit a two-run homer that just stayed fair down the left field line to
make it 3-2 FSU.

Ryan Barthelemy upped the Seminoles’ lead to 6-2 when he launched a
three-run home run over the right field fence. Griffin and McDougall both
singled before Barthelemy’s eighth homer of the season.

The Cavaliers attempted another rally in the eighth with Himes singling
home Mark Rueffert cut the lead to 6-3. Daniel Hodges came in to record the
third out of the inning in relief of Matt Lynch. Hodges would go on to
finish the final 2.1 innings for his second save of the season.

Jernigan and Mike Futrell upped the Tribe’s lead to 10-3 with a pair of
two-run doubles in the top of the ninth.

Lynch responded in a last-minute start, improving to 5-0 on the season
after giving up three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings of work. The freshman
lefty struck out six and walked three. Blair Varnes was scheduled to start,
but was scratched due to a stomach virus.

Virginia starter Will Parker dropped to 4-1 on the season, giving up
six runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.

Griffin (2-for-5), McDougall (3-for-5), Barthelemy (2-for-5), Jernigan
(3-for-5) and Smith (2-for-3) had multi-hit games for the Seminoles in game
two. Griffin has now hit safely in 18 straight.

FSU    000    330    004        10    16    2
UVA    002    000    101         4     8    2
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