March 13, 1998
WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Right-hander Scott Proctor struck out the final two batters to earn his second save of the season as he squashed a five-run ninth-inning rally and led No. 19 Florida State to a 12-11 win over No. 20 Wake Forest at Gene Hooks Stadium.
Left-hander Wes Crawford (4-0) held the Demon Deacons to three runs and scattered six hits in the first six innings but surrendering three runs on two hits with no outs in the seventh inning before he was relieved by Zach Diaz. Crawford gave up six runs on eight hits and struck out two batters in the six-plus inning outing to stay undefeated on the season.
Right-hander Mike MacDougal (2-1) gave up 10 runs on seven hits and seven walks in 5 1/3 innings pitched as he took the loss for Wake Forest. MacDougal struck out three batters in the outing.
Florida State scored two runs in the first inning capitalized on three walks by MacDougal. Centerfielder Brian Cox walked with the bases loaded to knock in second baseman Brooks Badeaux for FSUs first run. First baseman Kevin Cash then drove in third baseman Jose Zabala on a ground ball out to third base.
The Demon Deacons tied the score in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run double by designated-hitter Will Rikard.
Seminole designated-hitter Terry Henderson walked and scored on a ground ball out by Badeaux to break the 2-2 tie in the top of the second inning. FSU added another run in the fourth inning as Henderson knocked in Cash with a basehit to centerfield to give Seminoles a 4-2 lead.
Rightfielder Matt Diaz blasted a two-run home run over the right field fence to spark the Seminoles in a three-run fifth inning. Diaz leads FSU with six home runs on the season.
Catcher Jeremy Salazar ripped a two-run single and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cash for three Seminole runs in the sixth inning.
Wake Forest catcher Andrew Riepe belted a solo home run in the seventh inning and the Demon Deacons added two more runs in the inning to cut FSUs lead to 10-6.
First baseman Matt Woodward drove in Zabala on a basehit to centerfield in the eighth inning and Badeaux came home on a wild pitch in the ninth inning for added insurance, giving the Seminoles a 12-6 lead entering the bottom of ninth inning.
Pinch-hitter Ricky Mendez hit a base-clearing double for Wake Forest in the ninth inning off FSU reliever Mike DiBlasi sparking a five-run rally.