HONOLULU, HI — Centerfielder Brian Cox drove in three runs on three hits and rightfielder Matt Diaz belted two hits and recorded a pair of RBI as the No. 18 Florida State Seminoles (5-3) to a 7-2 victory over No. 20 Hawaii (11-2) in front of 1,003 fans at Rainbow Stadium.
Cox had a pair of doubles and Matt Diaz added a triple as FSU blasted five extra-basehits in the victory.
Lefthander Zach Diaz (2-0) retired his first six batters in relief of righthander John Bentley, earning his second victory of the season. Diaz did not allow a run, gave up four hits and struck out three batters in five innings of relief.
Florida State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning as centerfielder Brian Cox belted a two-run double scoring DH Kevin Cash and catcher Jeremy Salazar. The Seminoles added two more runs as rightfielder Matt Diaz drove home Salazar and first baseman Matt Woodward with a triple to rightfield in the fifth inning to give FSU a 4-0 advantage.
The Rainbows answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as righthander John Bentley loaded the bases as he hit two batters and allowed a basehit by shortstop Michael Dartt. Diaz relieved Bentley with no outs and Hawaii scored its runs on back-to-back sacrafice flies by rightfielder Neal Honma and catcher Lars Hansen.
Shortstop Brett Groves ended an 0-for-17 streak with a leadoff double the sixth inning. Groves then scored on a fielder’s choice by third baseman Jose Zabala. Cash followed with a single and Zabala came home on a ground ball out by Salazar. Cash then scored on an RBI-basehit by Cox to give the Seminoles a 7-2 lead.
Bentley surrendered two runs on six hits and struck out two batters in the no decision. He did not walk a batter in the four-plus inning outing.
Lefthander Randon Ho (3-1) gave up four runs on three hits and seven walks in five innings pitched. He struck out five batters and allowed only two earned runs in the loss.
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E-Aloy, Dartt, Nelloms. LOB-FSU 9, UH 9. DP-UH 2.
2B-Cox, Cash, Groves. 3B-M. Diaz.
Bentley, Diaz (5) and Salazar. Ho, Watterson (6) and Hansen. Watterson and Baptista (7). Mackenzie (9) and Stemaier (9).