April 7, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third baseman Kevin Cash ripped a two-run
single in the seventh inning to give No. 1 Florida State (34-3) an 8-6
advantage over Jacksonville (25-9) that the Seminoles maintained for the
victory in front of 1,397 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State
extended its winning streak to 20 games.
Down by one run, the Seminoles staged a three-run come back in
the seventh as shortstop Brett Groves was hit by a pitch and John-Ford
Griffin walked to bring up second baseman Marshall McDougall who belted
a RBI-single to tie the game at 6-6. Cash’s basehit then gave FSU the
game-winning run. McDougall finished the day with four hits and three
Right-hander Chris Chavez (4-2) earned the win in relief after
pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out three batters. Chavez
moved into fifth place on the FSU career strikeout list with 337.
Left-hander Mike DiBlasi fanned two Dolphin batters in the ninth to
record his seventh save of the season.
Jacksonville reliever Palmer Ebanks (5-4) dropped the decision
after giving up three runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings. Ebanks
struck out five in the outing.
Jacksonville jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning
with a blast to rightfield by Dolphins’ leftfielder Chad Oliva.
The Seminoles cut Jacksonville’s lead to one with a two-run
homer by rightfielder Matt Diaz after second baseman Marshall McDougall
reached on a double. Diaz tallied four RBI and two hits on the day.
The Dolphins added a run in the second inning as first baseman
James Rodgers singled and scored on a bases loaded walk, giving
Jacksonville a 4-2 advantage.
Leftfielder Mike Futrell led of the third inning with basehit
and McDougall reached base on a double to set the table for Diaz’
two-run double that tied the game at 4-4. Diaz then scored on a single
by first baseman John Halliday.
Right-hander Chris Whidden retired 13 straight batters,
including eight consecutive strikeouts, during his five innings pitched
in relief of starter Mike Smalley. Whidden left the game in the seventh
inning after surrendering two runs on four hits, including a two-run
double by JU centerfielder Ken Asche as the Dolphins regained a 6-5
JU 310 000 200 6 7 0
FSU 203 000 30x 8 11 1