Feb. 4, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. – Trailing 8-2 after seven innings, No. 5 Florida State rallied to
defeat No. 22 Arizona State 11-10 Friday evening in front of 3,687 fans at
Packard Stadium. The Seminoles scored four runs in the eighth and five in
the ninth to improve to 4-0 on the season while the Sun Devils (7-1)
suffered their first loss of the year.
Second baseman Marshall McDougall struck out, but took first when the ball
got away from the ASU catcher to start the comeback in the top of the
eighth. Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin singled and left fielder Mike
Futrell walked to load the bases. Center fielder Karl Jernigan cut the lead
to 8-6 with one swing as he belted a grand slam over the wall in left.
ASU added two runs in the bottom half of the eighth to up its lead to 10-6.
In the top of the ninth, shortstop Brett Groves and third baseman Pichi
Balet got things going with a pair of walks. First baseman Scott Boyd
followed with a double in just his second career at bat as a Seminole to
score Groves and advance Balet to third. On a 2-2 count with two outs,
Futrell tied the game with a three-run home run to left center. Jernigan
again came up big, this time with a triple to the gap in left. Catcher
Blair McCaleb provided what proved to be the game-winning RBI when he
slapped a single to right to score Jernigan.
Sophomore Chris Whidden picked up his second save of the season as he
finished off the Sun Devils in the bottom of the ninth. Freshman Matt Lynch
(1-0) got the win in relief.
Futrell (3-for-4, 4 RBI), Jernigan (3-for-4, 4 RBI) and Griffin (2-for-5)
led FSU at the plate. All three scored two runs apiece as well.
Junior RHP Jon McDonald pitched 5.0 innings in a no-decision, giving up
three earned runs on seven hits and striking out six.
Florida State and Arizona State square off again Saturday and Sunday at 3:00
p.m. (EST). RHP Blair Varnes (0-0) is scheduled to start for FSU on
Saturday and RHP Mike Ziegler (1-0) is expected to pitch the final game of
the series on Sunday.