Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF's McClendon Stops FSU

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF's McClendon Stops FSU

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GAINESVILLE -- Listening to Florida's Matt McClendon, you wonder how he made it out of the first inning.

But Mike Martin, Florida State University's baseball coach, has a another assessment of the Gators' junior pitcher: "He was like an artist out there."

With very few imperfections.

McClendon shut down the top-ranked Seminoles yesterday, throwing a complete game eight-hitter in a 4-2 victory in front of a school-record sellout crowd of 5,657 fans at McKethan Stadium.

The thing is, McClendon, the only pitcher to beat FSU (12-2) this season, wasn't too excited during pre-game warmups.

"I couldn't get anything going in the bullpen. I just didn't feel good," McClendon said. "But I just figured, I'll go out there and go with it and see what happens."

Winging it never looked so good for McClendon, who got out of key jams in the fourth and the eighth innings by stranding five runners. He also got a break on the final out of the game, after John-Ford Griffin was thrown out at third by shortstop Mark Ellis while trying to stretch an RBI double. …

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