Feb. 6, 1998
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The fifth-ranked Arizona State baseball team (8-1, 0-0) lost to No. 23 Florida State (2-2, 0-0) 3-2 in front of a season-high 3,192 fans in its series opener with the Seminoles at Packard Stadium tonight.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Florida State third baseman Kevin Cash homered to right field to put the Seminoles up 1-0. The Devils tied it up when Andrew Beinbrink scored on an error in the fifth. The Seminoles struck for two more in the eighth, again Cash drove in both. The Devils had their last chance in the bottom of the ninth, when Mikel Moreno homered with one out to put the Devils within one. Moreno ended the night 1-for-4. But relief pitcher Mike DiBlasi came in with two out to pick up his second save for FSU. Sun Devil pitcher Ryan Mills (2-1) picked up the loss for the Devils, pitching seven and one-third innings, striking out four.
Sun Devil head coach Pat Murphy believes this actually may be good for ASU.
"Maybe we were a little overconfident. This is actually good for us. We really only hit two balls hard. And in college baseball you have to score runs to win." said Murphy.
Florida State starting pitcher Chris Chavez (1-1) picked up the win for FSU, going eight and two-third innings, giving up only four hits, and striking out five. ASU head coach Murphy had praise for Chavez.
" Chavez had good command of his fastball. He kept us off balance," commented Murphy.
The Sun Devils continue the three-game series with Florida State tomorrow afternoon in a 1 p.m. game at Packard Stadium. For ticket information, please call the Sun Devil ticket office at 965-2381.
SUMMARY Florida State 000 100 020 3 7 2 Arizona State 000 010 001 2 4 2 Winner -- Chavez (1-1) Loser -- Mills (2-1) Save --DiBlasi (2) Umpires: Daugherty, Jenkins, Williamson Time: 2:29 Attn: 3,192