Baseball Falls to No.19 Florida State

March 14, 1998

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Designated hitter Terry Henderson drove in six runs on four hits, including a two-run home run, as he led No. 19 Florida State (19-7, 3-0 ACC) to a 10-4 win over No. 20 Wake Forest (14-6, 2-2 ACC) at Gene Hooks Stadium. The victory extended FSU's winning streak to eight games.

Right-hander Jon McDonald (4-2) struck out 12 career-high batters as he scattered seven hits in his first ever complete game. He allowed just one walk and three earned runs in the nine-inning outing.

Centerfielder Brian Cox contributed three hits and two RBI and rightfielder Matt Diaz belted three hits and an RBI to add to the Seminoles' offensive production.

Wake Forest right-hander Jeremy Ward (3-3) gave up nine runs on 11 hits in 8 1/3 innings as he took the loss for the Demon Deacons.

The Seminoles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning as rightfielder Matt Diaz slapped a basehit to right field to drive in centerfielder Brian Cox.

Wake Forest retaliated in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Designated hitter Danny Borrell led off the inning with a double to centerfield. Borrell then scored on an fielding error by second baseman Brooks Badeaux that also allowed Deacons third baseman Corey Slavik to reach base. Slavik advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a ground ball out by second baseman Stephen Sullivan.

Florida State quickly put three runs on the board in the third inning with the help of two Wake Forest fielding errors. A sacrifice fly by catcher Jeremy Salazar allowed shortstop Brett Groves to score and a two-run single to leftfield by Henderson drove in Badeaux and Jose Zabala to give the Seminoles a 4-2 advantage.

Three Seminole hits and a Wake Forest error allowed Florida State to score another three runs in the fifth inning. Leftfielder Karl Jernigan was hit by a pitch and Slazar reached base on an error by the Wake Forest shortstop to set the table for a RBI-double by centerfielder Brian Cox. Henderson belted his fifth consecutive hit in two games, a two-run single to centerfield, as Florida State took a 7-2 lead.

Borrell blasted a solo home run to right field in the seventh inning for his second hit of the day and helped cut FSU's lead to 7-3 for the Demon Deacons.