April 15, 1999
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — No. 1 Florida State put 12 runs on the board in the top of the first inning and never looked back, coasting to a 25-2 victory over Jacksonville.
The 23-run margin marked the worst loss in Dolphin history and FSU’s 25 runs tie for the most FSU has scored in the series. In front of 1,541 at Brest Field, FSU improved its record to 37-4 while JU fell to 25-13.
The first six Seminole batters reached base and scored in the double-digit first inning. Leftfielder John-Ford Griffin knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded double in his second at-bat of the inning. Jeremiah Klosterman’s two-run double to right, his 35th and 36th RBI of the season, completed the scoring in the 12-run first.
With shortstop Brett Groves’ single in the fifth, every FSU starter had recorded a base hit. The Tribe set a new season-high record with 22 runs in just seven innings of play (coaches’ decision). After the 12-spot in the first, the Seminoles scored five in both the third and fifth, before finishing with three in the seventh.
After giving up a solo home run to Kirk Asche in the first, starter Zach Diaz took control and held the Dolphins scoreless through his final four innings of work to move to 2-0 on the year. Diaz, making his 102nd career appearance (second in FSU history), struck out five and faced only two more than the minimum. Chris Chavez pitched the sixth and Mike Diblasi struck out the side in the seventh.
Right-hander Joel Hegeman (1-1) gave up seven runs on four hits and three walks in one-third inning pitched as he took the loss for the Dolphins.
Second baseman extended his hitting streak to 32 games, going for 3-for-3 on the night. The junior will enter the Miami series two shy of J.D. Drew’s school record mark of 34 games. Rightfielder Matt Diaz finished 4-for-5 with three RBI, improving his ACC-leading total to 57.
The Seminoles return to Tallahassee for a three-game series against Miami (Friday 7:00 p.m, Saturday 7:00 p.m and Sunday 1:00 p.m).