March 1, 2001
Melbourne, FL –
Florida State took a break from regular season play to
take on the Florida Marlins in an exhibition game at Space Coast Stadium.
The Marlins put four runs on the board in the fourth and went on to win 7-0
in front of a crowd of 2,593. FSU earned the right to play the Marlins as
the state’s top-ranked team in 2000.
“This was a great experience for our ball club,” said head coach Mike Martin.
“We were able to get everyone in the game and give everyone a chance to play
against some of the best players in the game. The Marlins treated us great
and I know this is an experience our guys won’t ever forget.”
FSU LHP Trent Peterson threw well in his first career start as a Seminole,
holding the Marlins scoreless in his pre-scheduled two innings. Peterson
allowed just one hit and struck out one, facing just seven total batters.
Florida got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the third inning.
Derrek Lee led off with a single to right and Alex Gonzalez followed with a
ground ball to shortstop. On what should have been a double play, Bryan Zech
threw the ball over the first baseman’s head after making the force at
second. With Gonzalez at second after the error, Mark Kotsay ripped a
two-out single to left to make it 1-0.
The Marlins made it 5-0 with a four-run, two-out rally in the fourth off
Nick Whidden. Preston Wilson walked, stole second and scored on Mike
Lowell’s RBI-single to center. Lowell then moved to second when Charles
Johnson was hit by pitch. Lee doubled off the wall in left to score Lowell
and Gonzalez followed with a two-run single to left.
Florida added single runs in the sixth and eighth to make the final score 7-0.
Blair McCaleb, Scott Toole, Mike Futrell, Ryan Barthelemy and Richie Smith
accounted for FSU’s hits. Futrell also stole a base. Brent Pearson and John
Bentley pitched scoreless innings of relief for the Tribe.
The Seminoles begin an 11-game home stand this weekend with a three-game
series against Michigan State on Friday (6:00 p.m.), Saturday (2:00 p.m.)
and Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
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