May 20, 1999

JACKETS FALL TO FLORIDA STATE, 7-3, IN ACC TOURNAMENT

DURHAM, N.C. -- Karl Jernigan and Kevin Cash provided key two-out RBI hits to help Florida State overcome an early 3-0 deficit, and Chris Chavez came out of the bullpen to shut Georgia Tech down over the final 2-2/3 innings Thursday as the second-ranked Seminoles defeated Tech, 7-3, in the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament.

The loss sends Tech (38-19) into the loser's bracket for an 11 a.m. game Friday against N.C. State (36-22), which survived an elimination game Thursday afternoon with a 9-6 win over Virginia. Florida State (48-10) advances to face the winner of Thursday's late game between Clemson and Wake Forest.

Tech scored once in the first and twice in the third, getting eight hits in three innings off FSU starter Blair Varnes. An RBI single by Stephen Donaghey scored the first-inning run, and Jason Basil and Eric McQueen delivered back-to-back RBI singles in the third.

Varnes (10-1) silenced the Jackets after that, allowing just three more hits before being lifted with one out in the seventh after a leadoff double by Matthew Boggs. The freshman earned his second win over the Yellow Jackets this season. Chavez, who went 8-2/3 innings for a win over Tech on May 2 in Atlanta, retired the last eight Jackets in order for his third save.

"Chris Chavez might be as good a reliever as there is in college baseball," said Tech head coach Danny Hall. "He is tough for us to hit."

Meanwhile, the Seminoles pecked away at Tech starter Cory Vance, scoring twice in the fifth when John Halliday was hit by a pitch and scored on Brett Groves' triple. Groves scored on a wild pitch. Jernigan singled home Marshall McDougall in the sixth to tie the score at 3-3.

Cash, who had three hits in the game, singled home Marshall McDougall in the seventh to put the Seminoles' ahead, 4-3. The Florida State third baseman also made a big defensive play to rob Bryan Prince of a base hit in the eighth with a man on third. Three hits and a pair of Tech errors gave FSU three runs in the ninth to put the game away.

"We played well early and pitched well early," said Tech coach Danny Hall. "But from the middle innings on, we had a hard time making a pitch when we needed to. Groves got them back in the game with a big triple, and Cash and Jernigan had big two-out hits that did us in."

Vance struck out a season-high 11 batters, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings, but was not involved in the decision. Mitchell (3-1), who had earned three wins in relief in the Jackets' last eight games, was charged with the loss.

"Whoever wins this tournament is going to have to beat them," said Hall, whose team defeated the Seminoles on Apr. 30 in Atlanta. "That's pretty clear."

Junior lefthander Ben Sheeter (3-1) will make his sixth start of the season on the mound for Tech Friday against N.C. State. Sheeter is coming off a strong six-inning effort Sunday against 15th-ranked North Carolina in a game Tech won 3-2.


May 20, 1999 at Durham, N.C.
(Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

FLORIDA STATE 7 (48-10)
Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Michael Futrell lf........  2  0  1  0    1  1  1  1 
 John-Ford Griffin ph/lf... 2  0  2  0    0  0  0  0 
 Chris Smith pr/lf......... 0  1  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Marshall McDougall 2b.....  5  2  2  1    0  1  1  5 
Matt Diaz rf..............  5  0  0  0    0  2  3  0 
Kevin Cash 3b.............  3  0  3  1    2  0  1  2 
Jeremiah Klosterman c.....  4  1  0  0    1  1  5  0 
Chris Hart dh.............  3  0  0  0    0  1  0  0 
 Sam Scott ph/dh........... 1  0  1  0    0  0  0  0 
John Halliday 1b..........  2  1  0  0    1  1  9  0 
Karl Jernigan cf..........  4  0  1  1    0  2  5  0 
Brett Groves ss...........  4  2  2  1    0  2  1  2 
Blair Varnes p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  1  1 
 Chris Chavez p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Totals.................... 35  7 12  4    5 11 27 11 


GEORGIA TECH 3 (38-19)
Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Matthew Boggs cf..........  5  1  3  0    0  1  1  0 
Brad Stockton rf..........  4  0  0  0    0  1  4  0 
Mark Teixeira 3b..........  4  1  1  0    0  0  1  2 
Bryan Prince dh...........  4  0  2  0    0  0  0  0 
Stephen Donaghey 1b.......  4  0  2  1    0  1  4  1 
Jason Basil lf............  4  1  1  1    0  0  0  1 
Eric McQueen c............  4  0  1  1    0  1 11  1 
Richard Lewis 2b..........  4  0  1  0    0  0  5  1 
Victor Menocal ss.........  3  0  0  0    0  0  1  3 
 Jason Atha ph............. 1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Cory Vance p..............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1 
 Andy Mitchell p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1 
Totals.................... 37  3 11  3    0  4 27 11 

Score by innings:                      R  H  E
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FLORIDA STATE         000 021 103   -  7 12  1
GEORGIA TECH          102 000 000   -  3 11  2
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E - K.Cash(16), M.Boggs(9), V.Menocal(23). 
DP - FLORIDA ST. 1, GEORGIA TECH 2. 
LOB - FLORIDA ST. 7, GEORGIA TECH 7. 
2B - M.Boggs(5), S.Donaghey(9). 3B - B.Groves(3). 
SB - M.McDougall(16). CS - M.Futrell(1). 

FLORIDA STATE          IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Blair Varnes........  6.1  11   3   3   0   1  29 29 
Chris Chavez........  2.2   0   0   0   0   3   8  8 

GEORGIA TECH           IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Cory Vance..........  6.0   6   3   3   4  11  22 27 
Andy Mitchell.......  3.0   6   4   3   1   0  13 14 

Win - B.Varnes 10-1.  Loss - A.Mitchell 3-1.  Save - C.Chavez (3).
WP - C.Vance(5). 
HBP - by C.Vance (J.Halliday). 
Umpires - Home:Ron Sebastian  1st:Scott Erby  2nd:Junior Creech 3rd:Steve Manders  
Start: 5:17 p.m.   Time: 2:31

Game Notes:
FSU coach Mike Martin ejected with two out in the top of the fourth.