June 10, 2000
By DOUG ALDEN
Associated Press Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Rik Currier and Southern California kept up their winning
ways in the College World Series.
The junior right-hander allowed six hits in 7 2-3 innings as the Trojans won
their 16th straight game, beating Florida State 6-4 Saturday in the first
Anthony Lunetta and Beau Craig homered for the Trojans (44-18), who won in
the opening round for the first time in three CWS trips under coach Mike
USC will play the winner of Saturday night’s game between Texas and
Seth Davidson drove in two runs for Southern California, including a
sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Ryan Barthelemy had four hits for Florida
State, two of them solo home runs.
Currier (15-3) was the winner and Ronald Flores pitched 1 2-3 innings for
his fourth save.
The Seminoles threatened in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on
first and second with one out, but Blair McCaleb lined into a double play to
end the game.
The Seminoles (51-18) extended their disappointing run at the CWS. Runner-up
a year ago, Florida State has never won the national title in 17 previous
McDougall, voted the CWS most outstanding player last year, had the only hit
of the three with a two-out double in the eighth. He scored on Barthelemy’s
single up the middle to make it 5-4.
Currier, who started for the Trojans in their 1998 championship victory over
Arizona State, made up for a lack of clutch hitting for USC. The Trojans left
14 runners on base, including nine in scoring position.
Currier struck out four. He forced 11 ground balls and Trojans outfielders
only had to catch two fly balls while he was pitching.
After Barthelemy’s leadoff homer in the third put Florida State up 2-0,
Currier didn’t allow another hit until Barthelemy’s solo homer in the fifth.
USC took a 3-2 lead in the third on a rally started by Lunetta’s homer.
Treated at the hospital Thursday night for flu-like symptoms and held out of
practice Friday, he was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Alberto Martinez and Davidson added RBI singles in the third off Robby Reed,
who replaced starter Blair Varnes (11-4) after just 3 1-3 innings. Varnes gave
up three runs on six hits and two walks in his shortest outing of the season.
The Trojans added two more runs in the fifth on Craig’s solo homer and an
RBI single by Alberto Concepcion.
Florida State loaded the bases with no outs in the second, but got just one
run out of it.