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Sunday February 27, 2000Baseball Loses Series Finale to FSU 8-7

Tallahassee, FL

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 week.”

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 hit.

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 defensive lineup.

“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 seventh inning.

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 run.

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.

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