Florida State’s Marshall McDougall doubled to score the tying and go-ahead
runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as top-ranked Florida State swept
Florida for the first time since 1993 with a 8-7 victory. Florida (6-7)
dropped below .500 after 13 games for the first time since 1987 as FSU
improved to 13-2 on the season.
Florida had gone ahead in the top of the ninth inning when Kurt Keene
singled off reliever Mike DiBlasi to give Florida a 7-6 lead.
“It was a tough game to lose and a great game to win,” said Head Coach
Andy Lopez. “It was good to see us comeback after a horrible weekend last
Karl Jernigan led off the decisive inning with a double off freshman Joey
Simon (1-2). John-Ford Griffin then reached on an error by third baseman
Ryan Raburn to put runners on the corners for McDougall’s game-winning
Raburn had moved to third base from center field when first baseman Jason
Dill was ejected in the top of the inning, forcing Florida to adjust its
“Jason lost his poise in that situation and we shouldn’t have that
happen,” said Lopez.
Florida had gone ahead in its half of the ninth inning, looking to salvage
the final game of the series. DH Aaron Davidson reached base to lead off
the top of the ninth inning when FSU first baseman Ryan Barthelemy dropped
a throw from shortstop. Davidson proceeded to steal second base, scoring
when Keene lined a single to left field.
Florida had tied the score in the eighth on a double by pinch hitter Matt
Heath, scoring Tony Socarras who had singled earlier in the inning, but
the go-ahead run was thrown out at the plate on the play to end the
inning. Florida State had led 6-5 on Mike Futrell’s sacrifice fly in the
Florida, which left 12 runners on base in Saturday’s game, jumped out to a
5-0 lead over Florida State in the second inning. With one out in the
inning, Matt Goss singled to center field, starting a string of six
consecutive runners to reach base. After shortstop Kevin Estrada walked,
Davidson singled to left field to score Florida’s first run. It gave UF
the lead for the first time in the series since the first inning of the
first game in Gainesville.
Left fielder Matt Siegel was then walked to load the bases for Keene, who
doubled off the fence in right field to score all three runs. Keene plated
the fifth run of the inning with the help of a single by Dill.
The Seminoles scored in the third inning on a double by Karl Jernigan. FSU
catcher Chris Hart scored but was injured on the play at the plate. He
left the game with a left tibia fracture.
Florida State erased the lead with four more runs in the fourth inning
highlighted by a two-run home run by Ryan Barthelemy, scoring Marshall
McDougall who had walked to start the inning. After a pop up, FSU line
three straight hits off Mosher with Pichi Balet’s double scoring the tying
Keene finished the game with three hits and four RBI. Socarras also had
three hits on the day for Florida.
Florida returns home for a 12-game homestand starting against UNC
Greensboro on Tuesday at 7 p.m.