TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (03/06/01) - The St. Joseph's (1-8) offense failed to capitalize in key situations and the Hawk hurlers were unable to hold down the Florida State (10-5) offense, as the #18 Seminoles defeated SJU at Dick Howser Stadium, 16-4. The defeat was the fourth straight by the Crimson and Gray to a nationally-ranked foe, while FSU won its sixth straight game. Defensively, SJU turned in a tripleplay in the fourth inning. The tripleplay helped freshman Scott Gehringer bail the Hawks out of a jam in the fourth. With runners at first and second, FSU's Nick Rogers hit a chopper to Tom Gibson at third base. A perfect doubleplay ball, Gibson threw to Kevin Kirkby at second for the first out and then Kirkby relayed the throw to Tim Gunn at first base for out number two. Gunn then fired the ball back to Gibson to cut down the Seminoles Chris Cole, who had gotten caught in no man's land between second and third, to complete the triple play. The SJU offense plated four runs in the contest, two apiece in the fifth and seventh innings, but it was the runs the Hawks couldn't drive in the hindered SJU the most. Three times the Crimson and Gray left the bases loaded in the game. Twice they had the bases juiced with less than two outs and failed to capitalize. In the fifth, Eric Wyatt walked with the bases juiced to plate a run and Kevin Kirkby poked a ball through for a run scoring single. In the seventh, Justin Godusky plated Mike DeLorenzo on a ground ball to second base and Kirkby slapped a base hit to right field to score Wyatt. On the hill, the SJU hurlers were their own worst enemy. The four Hawk pitchers that took the mound combined to put on 16 batters on base without a FSU batter making contact with the ball. That total included 12 walks and 4 hit batsmen. Eight of those sixteen came around to score. The Seminoles jumped ahead early against SJU starter Ryan Woods, scoring twice in the in each of the first two innings. FSU busted the game open for good with a six run eighth inning. SJU and FSU conclude a two-game set tomorrow afternoon. Wyatt (1-0) is scheduled to take the mound for the Hawks.
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