Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4 Diaz Homers Key FSU Rout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4 Diaz Homers Key FSU Rout

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TALLAHASSEE -- If you subscribe to the popular theory that it

takes pitching to reach the College World Series and power to

win it, Florida State is beginning to look like a serious

contender.

Unleashing a lethal combination of power and pitching, the

top-seeded Seminoles (52-18) moved within a victory of the

Atlantic II Regional title and a 16th trip to Omaha, Neb.,

battering Oklahoma 23-2.

The Seminoles clubbed eight homers -- a record-tying four by

freshman Matt Diaz -- handing the No. 4 seed Sooners (42-19)

their first tournament loss before a Howser Stadium crowd of

3,332.

While the offense performed admirably in an encore performance

to Friday's 27-6 win over Delaware, the Seminoles received a

stellar pitching effort from left-hander Wes Crawford. The

sophomore scattered four hits over seven innings, improving his

record to 9-3.

"I always wondered what it felt like to be the guy who flipped

the ball inbounds to Michael Jordan, ran over to the corner and

got out of the way," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "Now I think I

know."

Florida State's play through three games has been nothing short

of a slam dunk. To wit, the Seminoles' three-game offensive

totals read: 60 runs, 60 hits, 17 home runs, 12 doubles and a

.455 average.

Martin, however, won't relax until the 'Noles have collected

one more victory. They will get two shots -- at 2 p.m., then at

6 p.m. if necessary -- today against Auburn, which defeated

Oklahoma last night. Nick Stocks (6-2) will start the first game

for FSU.

"We are playing well, but there are a lot of things we

understand," Martin cautioned. "We were in the same position

last week."

The Seminoles remember needing one victory for their third

Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title last weekend, and

they lost twice to Wake Forest. …

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