April 17, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Leftfielder Karl Jernigan ripped a basehit to centerfield to drive in pinch-runner George Otero in the bottom of the ninth inning as No. 13 Florida State (35-12, 12-2 ACC) defeated No. 22 Georgia Tech (28-13, 9-6 ACC), 3-2, in front of 2,019 fans at Dick Howser Stadium.
Jernigan's hit came with the bases loaded and no outs in the inning. First baseman Kevin Cash led off the inning with a basehit and second baseman Brooks Badeaux followed with a single. Shortstop Brett Groves walked to load the bases.
Right-hander Scott Proctor (3-1) retired the final two Georgia Tech batters in the top of the ninth inning as he earned the win in relief of starter Wes Crawford. Crawford gave up two unearned runs on eight hits while striking out seven batters in 8 1/3 innings pitched.
The Seminoles were the first to put a run on the board as centerfielder Brian Cox walked and scored on a basehit by designated hitter Terry Henderson in the fourth inning.
Georgia Tech quickly retaliated in the top of the fifth inning to tie the score at 1-1, as rightfielder Scott Prather belted a basehit to knock in shortstop Kevin Rollins. The Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead as Prather walked and scored on a fielding error by FSU second baseman Brooks Badeaux in the seventh inning.
Florida State knotted the score, 2-2, in the eighth inning as third baseman Jose Zabala walked and scored on a fielder's choice by Henderson.
Georgia Tech right-hander Jase Wrigley (4-2) gave up two runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched as he took the loss in relief. Right-hander L.J. Yankoskey surrendered one run on four hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Yankosky struck out five batters in the outing.
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