May 14, 1998
DURHAM, N.C. — Left-hander Wes Crawford allowed one run on six hits as Florida State (47-16) defeated Wake Forest (37-21), 14-1, in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
“I’m obviously very proud of each and every member of our team — everything seems to revolve around the mound and certainly Wes (Crawford) did an outstanding job today,” said head coach Mike Martin.
Crawford (8-3) struck out four batters in seven innings of work for the Seminoles. He did not walk a batter in the appearance.
Centerfielder Brian Cox drove in two runs on three hits and catcher Jeremy Salazar knocked in three runs on three hits to lead the Florida State offensively.
“It’s nice to have (Jeremy) Salazar back in the lineup,” commented Martin. “These guys (Salazar and Brian Cox) have done a lot of offensive damage for us all year and it’s nice to see them continuing their leadership role in the tournament.”
Cox extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games with a basehit up the middle in the first inning. Cox and third baseman Jose Zabala came home on catcher Jeremy Salazar’s two-run single to left field as the Seminoles jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Florida State added three more runs in the third inning on two RBI-basehits by centerfielder Brian Cox and first baseman Kevin Cash. Salazar reached on a error and scored on a double play ball in the inning.
Shortstop Brett Groves walked and came home on a wild pitch by Wake Forest as FSU increased its lead to 6-0.
Wake Forest centerfielder Scott Daeley put the Demon Deacons’ first run on the board in the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field making the score 6-1.
The Seminoles put the game out of reach with seven runs in the seventh inning sparked by a two-run single by leftfielder Karl Jernigan and an RBI-double by Cox. Matt Woodward walked and scored on a double by second baseman Brooks Badeaux in the eighth inning for FSU’s final run.
Right-hander Mike MacDougal (6-5) gave up 11 runs on nine hits in six-plus innings. Only six of MacDougal’s runs were earned in the outing. He struck out five and walked five in the loss.
Cox is now tied for ninth with Jody Reed on the FSU single-season doubles list with 23.
The Seminoles will play the winner of the North Carolina-Duke game tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
E-Zabala, Groves, Palmieri, Siemon, Chiou, Voshell, MacDougal.
DP-FSU 2, WFU 3. LOB-FSU 10, WFU 7.
2B-Badeaux (11), Cox (23), Salazar (17).