Florida State 7, Cal State Fullerton 2

Wednesday, June 16, 1999 •  Box score

Florida State Earns Another Day at CWS

Florida State won't be getting called home early from the College World Series this time.

The Seminoles bought themselves another day in Omaha on Wednesday night by beating Cal State Fullerton 7-2 in a CWS elimination game.

It leaves Florida State among the final four teams playing.

It's been a few years since the Seminoles could say that.

In six previous CWS appearances in the 1990s, Florida State has failed to stick around for more than three games every time. The Seminoles' record in those six years was 4-12.

Florida State (55-13) broke that spell Wednesday night by taking care of Cal State Fullerton. The second-seeded Seminoles, now 2-1 in Bracket Two, advance to play sixth-seeded Stanford tonight at
7:30, with the Cardinal still unbeaten.

The FSU-CSF game drew a session sixth-record crowd of 22,155 to Rosenblatt Stadium. All six sessions have now produced record numbers at the 53rd CWS.

Florida State pitcher Chris Chavez won his second CWS game Wednesday night. The senior right-hander was the winner in relief Saturday night when the Seminoles opened with a 7-3 win over Texas

Chavez threw a complete game, allowing seven hits. He was backed up by a 13-hit attack from the FSU offense.

Cal State Fullerton's season ended at 50-14 with a 1-2 stay in Omaha.

The Titans watched the game slip into Florida State's hands in the third inning Wednesday night.

Cal State Fullerton, down 2-1, loaded the bases with one out in the top half and didn't score. Chavez escaped the jam by getting cleanup hitter Chris Beck to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play.

Possibly motivated by the scare, Florida State started the bottom of the third with back-to-back home runs by Marshall McDougall and Matt Diaz to make it 4-1. The Seminoles had the chance for more, but Brett Groves hit into a one-out, bases-loaded double play.

No problem. The Seminoles just kept coming in the fourth inning.

John Ford-Griffin started a three-run inning with an RBI double.

With the bases loaded and none out, FSU got one run on Kevin Cash's single and another when Jeremiah Klosterman beat out a double play.

The 7-1 advantage was more than enough cushion for Chavez, who improved to 8-5 overall. The senior right-hander had pitched five innings of one-hit relief when Florida State beat Texas A&M.

Cal State Fullerton got its final run in the fifth inning on Beck's run-scoring single. The Titans then went hitless over the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth.

Cal State Fullerton struck first Wednesday night with two early hits off Chavez. Reed Johnson doubled with one out in the top of the first inning and scored when Spencer Oborn followed with a single up the middle.

Florida State took the lead for good in the second inning.

Klosterman reached on a one-out walk and Karl Jernigan kept the rally alive with a two-out double, and both scored when Groves dropped a single into right field.

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