Thursday, June 17, 1999 • Box score
Florida State, down by four runs after five innings Thursday night, played long ball and small ball to stay in contention at the 53rd College World Series.
The Seminoles got a two-run tying homer from designated hitter Sam Scott in the sixth inning, then scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a double-play grounder - the fourth run FSU scored on a groundout - in knocking off Stanford 8 - 6 before a crowd of 19,021 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
That comeback made a winner of Florida State's Zach Diaz, who fired 4 3/4 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.
Thursday's outcome creates a rematch today at 2:36 p.m. between the third-ranked Seminoles (56-13 overall, 3-1 in the CWS) and the No. 1 and 5 Cardinal (50-14, 2-1) for the Bracket Two championship.
"It's a shame we can't enjoy this for a long period of time because it was a great win for us," FSU Coach Mike Martin said.
"But we realize that less than 24 hours from now, we'll know who's going to play for the championship."
The Florida State-Stanford winner will meet Miami (49-13, 3-0) for the CWS championship at 11:40 a.m. Saturday. The Hurricanes, who closed out Bracket One Thursday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Alabama, are in the championship game for the fifth time.
Florida State could have made things easier on itself against Stanford by getting some key hits. The Seminoles left 16 runners on base - matching the second-most in CWS history behind Springfield
College's 17 in 1951 - and went 2 for 21 with men in scoring position.
"Two for 21?" Martin exclaimed. "I didn't know we were that anemic."
FSU trailed 3-0 after the first inning and 6-2 after the fifth, leaving eight on base through that time. But Scott's 10th homer of the season - the only homer in 140 at-bats Thursday in two CWS
games - tied the score 6-6 in the sixth.
Then the Seminoles created two more runs in the seventh.
Shortstop Brett Groves opened the inning with a double and moved to third as first baseman Ryan Barthelemy reached on an error.
Center fielder Karl Jernigan then grounded into a double play, but Groves scored to put Florida State up 7-6.
Second baseman Marshall McDougall then walked and scored when right fielder Matt Diaz slammed a double off the wall in center for an 8-6 lead.
Zach Diaz (4-1) made it hold up by never allowing a Stanford runner past first base in the final four innings in relief of starter Nick Stocks.
Stanford opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning.
The Cardinal loaded the bases on designated hitter Craig Thompson's single and walks to second baseman Jeff Rizzo and right fielder Joe Borchard.
Third baseman Josh Hochgesang's one-out double produced two runs.
After a strikeout, left fielder Nick Day singled to put Stanford up 3-0.
Florida State, held to one hit through the first three innings, broke through in the fourth.
Third baseman Kevin Cash singled, center fielder Chris Smith singled and Groves walked to load the bases with no outs.
Consecutive groundouts by Barthelemy and left fielder John-Ford Griffin allowed the Seminoles to cut the lead to 3-2.
Stanford got those two back and added another run in the fifth.
Hochgesang reached on an error, moved to second on the back end of a failed double steal and scored on catcher Damien Alvardo's single for a 4-2 lead.
Day then was hit by a pitch and center fielder Edmund Muth walked to load the bases, knocking FSU's Stocks out of the game. Stanford shortstop Eric Bruntlett greeted Zach Diaz with a bouncing single to left to increase the lead to 6-2.
When asked what he was thinking after that hit, Diaz said, "I'm thinking I better get an out real quick."
He did, and Florida State countered with a four-run sixth to get even for the first time since the first inning.
The Seminoles chased Stanford starter Brian Sager with back-to-back singles to start the sixth. But they really unloaded on reliever Mike Wodnicki.
McDougall doubled in a run. After Matt Diaz's groundout scored another, Scott hammered a two-run homer to tie the game 6-6.
"We couldn't stop them offensively," Stanford Coach Mark Marquess said. "They did a good job of putting the ball in play."