March 5, 1999
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – No. 13 Wichita State handed the No. 1 Florida
State Seminoles their third loss of the season with a 8-1 win in the
Hormel Foods Baseball Classic at the Metrodome.
“This is as badly as I can remember getting beat in over two
years,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Wichita State looked like they
were in another league. You’ve got to give them credit. They did a
Wichita State right-hander Ben Christensen (2-1) held the
Seminoles to one run on five hits in seven innings pitched in the win
for the Shockers. Christensen struck out six batters and walked two in
FSU right-hander Jon McDonald (2-1) took his first loss of the
year despite striking out nine batters in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
McDonald surrendered six runs on eight hits and four walks. Four of
McDonald’s runs were earned.
Wichita State (10-4) took an early 1-0 lead as left fielder Jeff
Ryan walked and scored on a basehit to left field by centerfielder Koyie
Hill in the first inning. The Seminoles (14-3) tied the score when
catcher Jeremiah Klosterman doubled and scored on a basehit by second
baseman Marshall McDougall in the third inning
The Shockers regained the lead with back-to-back double by
second baseman Blake Blasi and Ryan to start their half of the third
inning. Blasi came home on a McDonald wild pitch, while Ryan scored on
a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Hill.
Wichita State added three runs in the seventh inning after
shortstop Kevin Hooper reached on an error by shortstop Kevin Cash and
Blasi a infield hit to set the table for Ryan who ripped a basehit up
the middle. Ryan then stole home to give the Shockers a 6-1 lead.
The Shockers increased their lead to 8-1 on three doubles in the
eighth inning off reliver Zach Diaz.
FSU 001 000 000 1 5 2
WSU 102 000 32x 8 11 1
E-Cash, Klosterman, Absher.
DP-FSU 1, WSU 2. LOB-FSU 5, WSU 7.
2B-Klosterman, Griffin, Blasi, Ryan, McCarty, Preston, Abram, Hooper.