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Baseball Defeats No. 20 Hawaii, 11-2

Feb. 12, 1998

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Lefthander Wes Crawford struck out seven as he held off No. 20 Hawaii (11-3) to lead No. 18 Florida State (6-3) to a 11-2 win over the Rainbows.

Crawford (2-0) gave up two runs in the first inning and then held the Rainbows scoreless in the next seven innings as he gave up nine hits in win.

Designated hitter Kevin Cash and centerfielder Brian Cox provided the Seminoles with run production once again as they combined to drive in four runs on three hits. Catcher Jeremy Salazar also recorded two hits and two RBI.

Rainbows lefthander Dusty Bergman (2-0) took the loss as he surrendered six runs on four hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings pitched.

The Seminoles took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as third baseman Jose Zabala walked and scored on a Jeremy Salazar sacrafice fly and Cash reached on a basehit and came home on Cox ground ball to third base.

Hawaii quickly answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning as lefthander Wes Crawford hit leadoff hitter Darren Blakey and then walked the second batter Neal Honma. The runners advanced to second and third base on a balk by Crawford. Blakely scored on a ground ball out to second base by first baseman Jamie Aloy and Honma came home on an error by shortstop Brett Groves.

Cash provided the game-winning RBI as Zabala scored on a sacrafice fly to centerfield after reaching on a three-base error by Hawaii pitcher Dusty Bergman.

Florida State put three runs on the board in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a 9-2 lead. Cash belted an RBI-basehit to drive in Brooks Badeaux and then scored on a double by Cox in the fifth. Rightfielder Matt Diaz extended his hitting streak to five games with an RBI-single to drive Cox home giving FSU a 6-2 advantage in the fifth inning.

The Seminoles led off the sixth with a double by leftfielder George Otero and Groves followed with an RBI-triple to rightfield. Zabala belted a double to leftfield to knock in Groves and then scored his third run of the night as he came home on a basehit by Salazar.

FSU scored their final two runs as Jeremiah Klosterman had a pinch-hit RBI-double and Terry Henderson scored on a sacrafice fly to rightfield by Eric Heath.

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