March 14, 1998
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Florida State freshman Jon McDonald picked up a complete game win and led the 19th ranked Seminoles to a 10-4 win over No. 20 Wake Forest in ACC baseball action at Gene Hooks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Florida State took the second game of the three game series and improves to 19-7 overall and 3-0 in the ACC while Wake Forest falls to 14-6 and 2-2 in the ACC.
McDonald (4-2) gave up seven hits and four runs. The righthander struck out 12 batters and only allowed one walk. Sophomore Jeremy Ward (3-3) took the loss for Wake Forest. Ward pitched 8.1 innings allowing 11 hits and nine runs, five of them earned runs.
Florida State started the scoring in the second inning when Brian Cox, Terry Henderson, and Matt Diaz all delivered consecutive one out singles. Cox scored on Diaz’s single to right field but Henderson was thrown out advancing to third by Wake Forest right fielder Ben Danosky. That helped Wake get out of the inning only down 1-0.
Wake Forest answered with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Danny Borrell led off with a double that sailed over Cox’s head in center field. Borrell scored when Cory Slavik reached base on an error by Seminoles’ second baseman Brooks Badeaux. Slavik advanced to second on a balk and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a ground out to first base by Stephen Sullivan.
In the top of the fourth inning, Brett Groves and Badeaux both reached base on Wake Forest errors to lead off the inning. Jeremy Salazar plated Groves with a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the score. Badeaux and Zabala came home on a two-out single to left field by Henderson. At that point, Florida State took the lead to stay.
The Seminoles added three more runs in the fifth and ninth innings to take a 10-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Wake Forest got a run in the seventh inning when Danny Borrell hit a home run to right center field. Borrell, who scored three of the Deacons’ four runs, led off the ninth with a double and scored on a single by Slavik. Wake Forest, which scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth on Friday, was unable to sustain a rally giving Florida State the 10-4 decision.
Wake Forest and Florida State will play the final game of the three game series beginning at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Gene Hooks Stadium.