Feb. 13, 1998
HONOLULU, Hawaii – No. 20 Hawaii (12-3) came back to win a 9-6 decision over the No. 18 Florida State Seminoles (6-4) behind the hitting of first baseman Jamie Aloy who belted drove in three runs on two triples.
Rainbow lefthander Troy Yoshimau (2-0) surrendered five runs in the first inning, but held the Seminoles scoreless for the next six allowing Hawaii to come back from the five-run deficit. Yoshimau gave up eight hits and four walks while striking out three batters in seven innings pitched. Righthander Ian Jones earned his second save of the season as held FSU to one run in the final two innings.
Chavez (1-2) surrendered six runs on nine hits in five-plus innings pitched in the loss. He walked eight in the outing, the most in a game in his career, and struck out two batters in the start.
Florida State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning as centerfielder Brian Cox and first baseman Matt Woodward provided a pair of RBI-doubles and rightfielder Matt Diaz belted a two-run triple to spark the Seminoles offensively. Diaz finished the day 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Hawaii chipped away at FSU’s lead in the bottom of the first as designated hitter Tracy Nakano drove in first baseman Jamie Aloy with a basehit to rightfield. FSU righthander Chris Chavez then walked Brandon Martin with the bases loaded to force catcher Lars Hansen home and cutting the margin to 5-2.
The Rainbows tied the score at 5-5 with three runs on four hits, including a two-run triple to leftfield by Aloy. In the fourth inning, Hawaii centerfielder Darren Blakely reached base by a hit by pitch and eventually scored on a ground ball out to second base by Aloy to give the Rainbows a 6-5 advantage.
Hawaii increased its lead to 9-5 with a run in the seventh and two runs eighth innings. Florida State loaded the bases in the ninth inning and scored a run as Brian Cox walked, but the Rainbows held off FSU as Diaz hit into a double play to end the game.
DH Kevin Cash extended his hitting streak to seven games with a basehit to leftfield in the ninth inning.
FSU 500 000 001 6 11 0UH 230 100 12x 9 13 2E-Wheeler, Perreira.DP-FSU 2, UH 3. LOB-FSU 9, UH 12.WP-Yoshimau 2-0. LP-Chavez 1-2. Save-Ian Jones (2).