Saturday February 17, 2001FSU Defeats Florida Baseball 19-6
No. 11 Florida State used a nine run sixth inning to defeat No. 21 Florida 19-6 before 4371 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. The loss drops Florida to 3-4 on the season while Florida State improves to 3-3.
Florida State erupted for nine runs in the sixth inning. The Seminoles took advantage of RBI hits from Mike Futrell and Nick Rogers, an bases loaded walk to Scott Toole and a three-RBI double from John-Ford Griffin for their runs.
Florida battled back from a 7-5 deficit with five runs in the top of the fifth inning. Kevin Estrada led off with a single to leftfield and advanced to second and third on a balk and passed ball. After Aaron Davidson walked, Matt Siegel launched a single off the rightfield fence that scored Estrada. Pat Osborn followed with a single to rightfield to score Davidson and Ryan Shealy’s double to right center drove home both Davidson and David Klebonis.
The Seminoles grabbed an early 4-0 lead with four runs in the bottom of second on Nick Rogers’ RBI single, Brett Groves’ sacrifice fly RBI, Bryan Zech’s infield single. FSU went up 7-0 in the third with three more runs scored on Nick Rogers’ two RBI double and Tony Richie’s RBI groundout.
Approximately two hours prior to the start, the electricity went out on the entire Florida State University campus. The game began without a scoreboard, public address or music. Originally scheduled to appear on Sunshine Network, the contest was not televised due to the lack of electricity. Electricity was restored in the middle of the sixth inning.
Ryan Shealy led Florida with a 3-4 day. Osborn extended his hit streak to eight games and finished with his fifth mult-hit game of the season. He went 2-5. Kevin Estrada also contributed two hits.
Florida starter Jay Belflower (0-1) took the loss after pitching 3.0 innings and allowing seven hits, seven runs (six ER). Florida State reliever Justin Lord (1-0) earned the win in going 3 1/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits.
The two teams will play the second of a two-game set tomorrow at Dick Howser Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.