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No. 12 Baseball Tops Duke, 10-9



March 22, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Catcher Jeremy Salazar blasted his second home run of the day in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift No. 12 Florida State (24-7, 7-0 ACC) to a 10-9 win over No. 14 Duke (23-6, 3-5 ACC) at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles are riding a 13-game winning streak.

Salazar led off the bottom of the ninth inning with the scored knotted a 9-9 and fouled off four pitches before belting the game-winning home run over the right centerfield wall. The senior also hit a three-run blast in the first inning to give FSU a 3-0 lead. He finished the day with four RBI.

The two teams were either tied or traded leads six times in the final three innings.

Rightfielder Matt Diaz belted a solo home run in the fourth inning and the Seminoles led 5-0 entering the sixth inning.

The Blue Devils used four hits and two sacrifice flies in the sixth inning, including an RBI-double by catcher Gregg Maluchnik as they cut the lead to 5-4.

A solo home run by Brian Cox in the bottom of the sixth gave FSU a 6-4 advantage, but Duke answered with three runs in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead. Shortstop Brett Groves reached on a error by Duke first baseman Wes Goodner and scored on a ground ball by DH Terry Henderson as the Seminoles tied the game at 7-7.

Blue Devil second baseman J.D. Alleva belted a solo home run in the top of the eighth to give Duke a 8-7 edge, but FSU answered in the bottom of the inning. First baseman Kevin Cash ripped an RBI-single and shortstop Brett Groves drove in leftfielder Karl Jernigan on a fielder's choice as the Seminoles regained a 9-8 lead.

Shortstop Vaughn Schill crushed a home run over the leftfield wall off reliever Scott Proctor to tie the game at 9-9 in the top of the ninth inning. It was the first hit or run that Proctor had given up in relief this season.

Left-hander Mike DiBlasi (1-1) finished the ninth inning and earned the win for the Seminoles. He did not allow a hit and struck out the final Blue Devil batter. Right-hander Nick Stocks struck out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision.

Freshman Ryan Caradonna (0-1) gave up the home run to Salazar and took the loss for the Blue Devils. Right-hander Brad DuPree gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out two in his five-inning start.

Groves extended his hitting streak to 15 games and Diaz increased his hitting streak to 11 games.

Scoring Summary:

DU  000 004 311 9   9   2
FSU 300 111 121 10  11  1

E-Goodner, Maluchnick, Zabala.
DP-Duke 1, FSU 1. LOB-Duke 6, FSU 6.
2B-Maluchnik, Schill, Groves.
HR-Alleva (2), Schill (6), Cox (4), M. Diaz (7), Salazar 2 (6).
WP-DiBlasi 1-1. LP-Caradonna 0-1. Save-None.


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