March 10, 1998
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Right-hander Chris Chavez threw six shutout innings as No. 19 Florida State (16-7) defeated Long Island (1-1), 11-0, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. It was the Seminoles fifth shutout of the season.
Chavez (3-2) held the Blackbirds to four hits in six shutout innings in his third victory of the season. He struck out five batters and walked one in the outing.
Catcher Jeremy Salazar drove in three runs on two hits, including a two-run home run to rightfield in the fifth inning to lead the Seminoles offensively. Salazar put FSU on the board in the first inning as he drove in leftfielder Karl Jernigan with a single to right field. Jernigan extended his hitting streak to 11 games after reaching base with a basehit to centerfield.
FSU manufactured two runs in the second inning as centerfielder Brian Cox doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Designated hitter Terry Henderson singled and scored on a passed ball to give Florida State a 3-0 lead.
The Seminoles scored two more runs in the fifth innign as rightfielder Matt Diaz and Henderson scored on a Brooks Badeaux fielder’s choice and an error by the Long Island shortstop.
Salazar’s fifth-inning inning two-run homer gave FSU a 7-0 lead. In the seventh inning, first baseman Kevin Cash belted an RBI-triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by George Otero.
A two-run home run by catcher Jeremiah Klosterman in the eighth inning added Florida State’s two final runs.
Right-hander Scott Dorsey (0-1) gave up seven runs on eight hits in five innings as he took the loss for Long Island.