April 1, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Right-hander John Bentley and the Seminole pitching
staff hurled their seventh shutout of the season to lead No. 7 Florida
State (30-8) to an 11-0 win over Mercer (19-14-1) at Dick Howser Stadium
Bentley (5-0) held the Bears to just two hits and struck out four batters
in five innings to earn his fifth win of the season. FSU relievers Zach
Diaz, Mike DiBlasi, Chris Chavez and Scott Proctor fanned a combined seven
batters in an inning each of relief.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as
centerfielder Brian Cox knocked in a run and rightfielder Matt Diaz
contributed an RBI-single.
Florida State scored nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings sparked by
a pair of doubles by leftfielder Karl Jernigan. Jernigan also scored two
runs and drove in a run on the night. First baseman Matt Woodward
contributed two RBI-singles and DH Kevin Cash scored twice on two hits to
add to FSU’s offensive production.
Left-hander Chad Campbell (4-2) surrendered 10 runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3
innings pitched as he took the loss for Mercer. Campbell walked three and
struck out one batter in the outing.
Mercer 000 000 000 0 3 3 FSU 200 360 00x 11 13 1
E-Schmidt, Betta 2, Badeaux. DP-FSU 2. LOB-Mercer 5, FSU 8. 2B-Nebel, Zabala, Klosterman, Cash, Jernigan 2. WP-Bentley 5-0. LP-Campbell 4-2. Save-None.