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No. 8 Florida State Baseball Tops Maryland, 14-2



March 27, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Rightfielder Matt Diaz drove in three runs on two hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning, as he led No. 8 Florida State (27-8, 8-1 ACC) to a 14-2 win over Maryland (8-15-1, 1-9 ACC) at Dick Howser Stadium.

Right-hander Jon McDonald (6-2) earned his sixth consecutive win as he hurled a one-hitter in seven innings. McDonald struck out 10 batters and surrendered just two runs in the outing. Left-hander Mike DiBlasi pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game.

Third baseman Jose Zabala knocked in three runs on two hits, including an RBI-double in the fourth inning. Catcher Jeremy Salazar belted his sixth home run in five games, a solo blast to rightfield in the fifth inning. He now leads the Seminoles with 10 home runs on the season.

Left-hander Jamie Hammond (1-5) gave up six runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings in the loss for Maryland. Hammond walked six and struck out one batter in the outing.

Shortstop Brett Groves hit a pair of doubles in the sixth and seventh innings, scoring once and driving in one run on the night.

Maryland committed seven errors and walked eight batters in the game. FSU pitchers held the Terrapins to three hits. Maryland catcher Scott Bronowicz drove in the Terps' only two runs with a single in the sixth inning.

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E-Barton, Bronowicz, Hammond, Patenaude 3, Trout, Groves. DP-UMD 3, FSU 3. LOB-UMD 5, FSU 6. 2B-Groves 2, Zabala. HR-M. Diaz (9), Salazar (10).


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