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Florida State Defeats Duke, 9-4

March 21, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 12 Florida State (23-7, 6-0 ACC) belted 15 hits, including a grand slam by leftfielder Karl Jernigan, as the Seminoles defeated No. 14 Duke (23-5, 3-4 ACC) to extend their winning streak to 12 games.

Right-hander Jon McDonald (5-2) scattered three hits and held the Blue Devils to one run in seven innings in his fifth consecutive win. McDonald struck out six batters while walking four in the outing.

FSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning as second baseman Brooks Badeaux scored on a basehit by designated-hitter Terry Henderson. Duke right-hander Stephen Cowie (6-1) then loaded the bases for Jernigan, who blasted his third home run of the year. All five runs in the inning were unearned due to an error by second baseman J.D. Alleva.

Duke put a run on the board in the fourth inning as third baseman Jeff Becker doubled and scored on a single by leftfielder Michael Fletcher.

FSU answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Badeaux and first baseman Kevin Cash both singled and scored. Cash also hit a solo home run in the eighth inning and finished the day 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Designated hitter Ed Conrey belted a solo home run and catcher Gregg Maluchnik contributed a two-run blast for three Blue Devil runs in the eighth inning off FSU reliever Mike Smalley.

Cowie gave up seven runs on 10 hits while striking out four batters in six innings pitched in his first loss of the season.

FSU shortstop Brett Groves extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a bunt basehit in the eighth inning.


DU  000 100 030     4   5   1
FSU 500 200 11x     9   15  1

E-Alleva, Badeaux.

LOB-Duke 7, FSU 10.

2B-Becker, Zabala.  3B-Cash.

HR-Conrey, Maluchnik, Cash, Jernigan.

WP-McDonald 5-2.  LP-Cowie 6-1. Save-None.

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