May 2, 1998
MIAMI, Fla. — Third baseman Jose Zabala belted four of the Seminoles 15 hits as he helped lead No. 11 Florida State(41-15) to a 11-5 win over No. 1 Miami (42-6) in front of 4,506 fans at Mark Light Stadium.
Right-hander Jon McDonald (8-3) held the Hurricanes to one run on four hits in six-plus innings in the win for the Seminoles. McDonald struck out two and walked three in the outing.
Zabala was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and catcher Jeremy Salazar added three RBI to his team-leading total of 71.
Right-hander Darryl Roque (11-1) surrendered gave up seven runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven in his first loss of the season.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as third baseman Jose Zabala was hit by a pitch and scored on a ground ball by designated hitter Terry Henderson. Florida State added another run in the third inning as second baseman singled and came home on a fielder’s choice by catcher Jeremy Salazar.
Miami cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run by leftfielder German Alvarez.
Zabala doubled and scored on a single by centerfielder Brian Cox in the fifth inning as the Seminoles increased their lead to 3-1.
Florida State ripped Roque for four runs on four hits in the seventh inning. Shortstop Brett Groves doubled to right field to start the rally and scored on a single by second baseman Brooks Badeaux. Zabala then singled to set up a two-run home run by Salazar to give FSU a 7-1 advantage. It was Salazar’s 14th home run of the season.
The Seminoles scored two runs on four singles in the eighth inning as they increased their lead to 9-1. First baseman Kevin Cash and leftfielder Karl Jernigan were knocked in on basehits by Groves and Zabala.
Miami second baseman Manny Crespo belted a two-run home run to leftfield and the Hurricanes cut FSU’s lead to 9-3 in the eighth inning.
Salazar walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cash and pinch-hitter George Otero walked and came home on a single by Jernigan.
Right-hander Chris Chavez picked up his first save of the season as he pitched three innings of relief for the Seminoles.
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