June 12, 1999
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Reliever Chris Chavez shut down Texas A&M and Matt Diaz
hit two home runs to lead Florida State to a 6-3 victory Saturday over Texas
Diaz went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and scored twice in the College World
Series opener for both teams. He overshadowed teammate Marshall McDougall, who
last month when he hit six home runs in a victory at Maryland.
Chavez retired 12 straight and struck out six for the second-seeded
Seminoles (54-12) after replacing starter Nick Stocks with the bases loaded and
no outs in the fifth and Florida State ahead 4-3.
Chavez proceeded to strike out the side on 14 pitches, 11 of them strikes.
The victory advanced Florida State to meet the winner of Saturday night’s
game between Cal State-Fullerton and Stanford. The seventh-seeded Aggies
(52-17) will play the loser in an elimination contest.
Stocks, taken in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 36th
pick in last week’s amateur draft, pitched into the fifth, allowing all three
A&M runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Aggies left-hander Casey Fossom, a first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox,
pitched 7 1-3 innings. He gave up seven runs on seven hits with four
strikeouts, but walked a career-high eight and walked one.
After Ryan Barthelemy sent an 0-2 fastball over the wall in right-center to
give the Seminoles a 2-1 lead in the second, Fossom hit Michael Futrell before
Diaz extended the lead to 4-1 with a two-run shot to right-center.
Then in the fifth, Diaz hit a leadoff homer to the same spot.
Last year entering the College World Series, it was Diaz who attracted much
of the attention for Florida State. As a freshman in 1998, he hit four home
runs in an NCAA regional defeat of Oklahoma.
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer