March 11, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State improved to 22-2, its best start
since 1990, with an 8-3 win over Duke this evening in front of 2,162 fans
at Dick Howser Stadium. The Blue Devils dropped to 5-16 with the loss.
Junior RHP Mike Ziegler (5-0) had another impressive start for FSU as he
pitched six scoreless innings. Ziegler allowed six hits, walked two and
struck out seven.
The Seminoles scored first with a run in the bottom of the second inning.
Karl Jernigan and Mike Futrell had back-to-back singles, with Jernigan
coming around to score when Duke shortstop Jeff Becker mishandled a Chris
Smith ground ball.
In the fourth, Scott Boyd led off the inning with a double off the screen in
right center. Blair McCaleb followed with a bunt base hit down the first
base line to put runners on the corners. Brett Groves walked to load the
bases and Griffin followed with an RBI-single to right. Barthelemy recorded
the second RBI of the inning when he drew a bases loaded walk.
McCaleb made it 6-0 FSU in the fifth when he hit his first career home run
over the left field wall with Boyd, who was hit by a pitch, on first.
The Blue Devils made it interesting with three runs in the top of the
seventh off reliever Nick Whidden. With two outs, Gideon Thompson dropped
in a base hit to right that scored Wes Goodner. J.D. Alleva homered to
right with Thompson aboard to cut FSU’s lead in half.
FSU responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the eighth. Chris
Smith and Boyd started things off with walks, moving to second and third on
McCaleb’s sacrifice bunt. Groves then made it 8-3 with a two-run double to
Groves (2-for-4), Griffin (2-for-5) and McCaleb (2-for-3) had multi-hit
games for the Tribe.
LHP Kevin Perry (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) in
Nick Whidden gave up all three runs for FSU in one inning of work. Chris
Ginn and Mike DiBlasi worked a scoreless eighth and ninth.
FSU will send RHP Blair Varnes (3-1) to the mound in the final game of the
series while Duke is scheduled to start RHP Ryan Caradonna (1-3). The 1:00
p.m. Sunday game will be televised by Sunshine.
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