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No. 12 Flordia Baseball Downs North Carolina, 20-4



April 11, 1998

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 12 Florida State (32-12, 10-2 ACC) scored a season-high runs as the Seminoles defeated North Carolina (23-14, 7-6 ACC), 20-4, in front of 1,526 fans at Boshamer Stadium.

Catcher Jeremy Salazar drove in four runs on two hits and leftfielder Karl Jernigan contributed four RBI and two hits as they led the Seminoles offensively. Both Salazar and Jernigan belted three-run homers in the game.

Left-hander Wes Crawford (6-1) held the Tar Heels to one run on two hits in six innings as he earned the win. Crawford struck out three in the outing.

The Seminoles scored 10 runs in the second inning as designated hitter George Otero started the rally with an RBI-double and capped it off with a base-clearing triple as he collected four RBI. Leftfielder Karl Jernigan belted a three-run home run and catcher Jeremy Salazar ripped an RBI-double to leftfield to contribute to the Seminoles' offensive explosion. In all, 11 batters reached base in the inning.

Left-hander Ryan Snare (4-3) gave up 12 runs on eight hits and seven walks in 2 2/3 innings in the loss for North Carolina. Snare struck out two batters in the appearance.

North Carolina forced in two Florida State runs with a walk and a hit batter to give the Seminoles a 12-0 lead in the third inning. The Tar Heels got on the board as designated hitter Chris LaMarsh walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by leftfielder Richie Grimsley in the fourth inning.

Rightfielder Matt Diaz belted three hits and scored three runs, including a solo home run in the fifth inning to give FSU a 13-1 lead. The Seminoles scored four more runs in the sixth inning on an RBI-double by Jernigan and three-run homer by Salazar.

FSU increased the lead to 20-1 in the seventh inning sparked by a two-run single by third baseman Jose Zabala.

Catcher Wes Reynolds hit a three-run blast in the eighth inning for the Tar Heels to make the score, 20-4.

FSU     0(10)2   014   300   20   19    1
UNC     000      100   030    4    5    1
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