May 29, 1998
OMAHA, Neb. — Catcher Jeremy Salazar belted two home runs, including a grand slam, but it was not enough to lift the Seminoles as Arizona State took advantage of six Florida State errors to win 11-10.
Arizona State took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as centerfielder Rudy Arguelles reached on a throwing error by shortstop Brett Groves and scored on a basehit third baseman Andrew Beinbrink. The Sun Devils added another run in the fourth as leftfielder Dustin Delucchi and scored a wild pitch by FSU starter Wes Crawford.
Florida State tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Salazar.
Arizona State took advantage of three Seminoles errors and a three-run home run by catcher Greg Halvorson to score six runs in the fith inning and take an 8-2 lead.
The Seminoles closed in on ASU’s lead in the bottom of the fifth as a Jose Zabala walked to force in George Otero and centerfielder Brian Cox ripped a two-run single. Salazar’s grand slam home run in the sixth inning gave FSU a 10-8 lead. Salazar finished the day with six RBI.
ASU first baseman doubled and scored on a ground ball out by shortstop Michael Collins. The Sun Devils tied the scored on a wide throw to the plate by rightfielder Matt Diaz and second baseman Willie Bloomquist walked and came home on a Scott Proctor wild pitch.
Right-hander Jon McDonald (10-4) surrendered three runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief as he took the loss for the Seminoles.
ASU’s Chad Pennington hurled 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for the Sun Devils. Pennington struck out four batters in the outing.
ASU 001 160 300 11 12 1 FSU 000 235 000 10 8 6
E-Bloomquist, Zabala, Salazar, M. Diaz, Groves 3.
DP-ASU 2. LOB-ASU 11, FSU 9.
2B-Moreno, Phelps. HR-Havorson, Salazar 2.