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May 9, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore catcher Josh Bowling (Springfield, Va.) went 4-for-7 with two doubles and two RBI, but it was not enough as the University of Virginia baseball team was swept by 11th-ranked Florida State in a doubleheader. The Seminoles won the first game 5-4, then posted an 11-2 victory in the second contest. Florida State improves to 44-16 overall and 17-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Cavaliers fall to 27-23-1 overall and 5-17 in the ACC.

In the opening game, junior lefthander Javier Lopez (Fairfax, Va.) allowed only two earned runs in 7-2/3 innings but still suffered the loss to drop his record to 5-5 on the season. The Cavaliers took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to a three-run homer by sophomore shortstop Tim LaVigne (Virginia Beach, Va.). Florida State scored its first run in the top of the fourth, then tied the game in the fifth on a two-run homer by Brian Cox. The Seminoles added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth, with the Cavaliers scoring their final run in the bottom of the eighth to conclude the scoring. Righthander Jon McDonald picked up the victory for Florida State to improve to 9-3, allowing four runs in 7-1/3 innings. Lefthander Mike DiBlasi earned a save for the Seminoles, tossing 1-2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

In the second game Florida State pounded out 14 hits, including four doubles and a triple, while scoring six runs in the final two innings to break open a close game. Cox led the Seminoles at the plate by going 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Karl Jernigan went 2-for-5 with three RBI and Terry Henderson was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Senior third baseman Brian Sherlock (Medford, N.J.), junior outfielder Julian Gonzalez (Avon Park, Fla.) and Bowling all had two hits in the game for the Cavaliers. Lefthander Wes Crawford earned the win for Florida State, allowing only two runs on six hits in eight innings to improve to 7-3 on the year. Sophomore righthander Casey Kennedy (Boca Raton, Fla.) took the loss for Virginia, as he surrendered four runs on six hits in 4-2/3 innings.

The Cavaliers and the Seminoles will conclude their series with a single game tomorrow, May 10, at 1:00 p.m.

Florida State 5, Virginia 4 (Game One)                                       R  H  EFlorida State  0 0 0  1 2 0  0 2 0  -  5  7  2Virginia       0 3 0  0 0 0  0 1 0  -  4  8  3

FSU: Jon McDonald, Mike DiBlasi (8) and Jeremiah Klosterman; UVa: Javier Lopez, Bradley Nuckols (8) and Mark Rueffert; 2B: Ted Kinsman (UVa); 3B: None; HR: Brian Cox (FSU), Tim LaVigne (UVa). Win: McDonald (9-3); Loss: Lopez (5-5); Save: DiBlasi (4).

Florida State 11, Virginia 2 (Game Two)                                       R  H  EFlorida State  0 0 0  1 3 0  1 3 3  -  11 14 0Virginia       0 0 0  0 1 0  1 0 0  -  2  8  1

FSU: Wes Crawford, Scott Proctor (9) and Jeremiah Klosterman; UVa: Casey Kennedy, Brandon Creswell (5), Kevin Shrout (8), Tim LaVigne (9) and Josh Bowling; 2B: Brooks Badeaux (FSU), Matt Diaz (FSU), Kevin Cash (FSU), Karl Jernigan (FSU), Josh Bowling 2 (UVa); 3B: Terry Henderson (FSU), Javier Lopez (UVa); HR: None.Win: Crawford (7-3); Loss: Kennedy (5-6).

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