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Baseball Upset by St. Leo

May 6, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Shortstop Luis Rivera drove in three runs on four hits as he helped St. Leo College (38-17) down No. 9 Florida State (42-16), 11-8, in front on 2,123 fans at Dick Howser Stadium.

Rivera led off the game with a home run to leftfield as the Monarchs jumped on FSU right-hander John Bentley early. Bentley (5-1) gave up four runs on five hits and struck out one batter in two innings of work as he suffered his first loss of the season.

Right-hander Patrick Bowen (5-4) retired nine straight batters in the first three innings as the Monarchs broke out to a 6-0 lead. Bowen struck out six battters in 6 1/3 innings pitched. He surrendered seven runs on eight hits and five walks. Reliever Travis Janke earned his first save of the year as he held FSU scoreless for 1 1/3 innings.

Centerfielder Brian Cox and rightfielder Matt Diaz each belted three hits for the Seminoles. Third baseman Jose Zabala blasted a solo shot to left field for his first home run of the season. Zabala finished the day with two hits and three runs scored.

The Seminoles left 12 men on base, including the bases loaded in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

St. Leo 132 000 500 11  12  0
FSU     000 220 310 8   10  2

E-Badeaux, Woodward. DP-St. Leo 1. LOB-St. Leo 7, FSU 12. 2B-Rivera 2, Cox 2, M. Diaz, Henderson. HR-Rivera, Wrenn, Zabala.

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