June 11, 2004
Fayetteville, Ark. – In the first game of Friday’s NCAA Super Regional, Florida State (45-22) fell to Arkansas (44-22) by a final score of 7-5 in front of a record crowd of 9,338 at Baum Stadium. Down 5-3, the Razorbacks scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good. All five of Florida State’s runs came with two outs and the 7-9 hitters in the Seminole lineup went 6-for-13 with four RBI.
Casey Rowlett put the Razorbacks up early with a solo home run to left in the bottom of the first.
The Seminoles answered with a run of their own in the top of the second. Matt Sauls drew a walk, moved to third after a passed ball and a groundout, and scored on Shane Robinson’s two-out single through the left side.
Arkansas went up 2-1 in the bottom of the third when Clay Goodwin doubled and scored on Scott Hode’s single to left.
FSU took its first lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Ryne Malone led off with a single to center and moved to third on Gibbs Chapman’s single up the middle. With two outs, Dennis Anderson knocked in Malone with a base hit to right. Bryan Zech made it 3-2 with another two-out RBI-single.
The lead didn’t last long as the Razorbacks tied it up on a solo homer by Brady Toops in the bottom half of the fourth.
The Seminoles got another clutch, two-out hit in the fifth as Chapman ripped a double to right center to score two. Aaron Cheesman and Malone were on first and second after back-to-back singles.
The back and forth game continued as Arkansas took the lead in fifth with three unearned runs. With two outs, Hode scored on a double by Danny Hamblin. Cheesman couldn’t handle the throw to the plate and was charged with an error on the play when Hode slid home. Two more runs would score on RBI-singles by Devin Day and Scott Bridges to put the Hogs up 6-5.
The Hogs added an insurance run in the eighth when Goodwin doubled and came around to score on a base hit by Hamblin.
Boyd Goodner (3-3) earned the win after allowing one hit in 1.1 scoreless innings. Jay Sawatski picked up the save after working the final three innings and not allowing a run.
Arkansas starter Clint Brannon was touched up for five runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings of work. Brannon struck out three and walked one. FSU starter Rhett James (10-3) also gave up 10 hits in 4.2 innings and allowed five runs (three earned) in the loss.
Robinson led the Seminoles with three hits and Chapman had a team-high two RBI.
FSU right-hander Eddie Cannon (9-6, 4.01 ERA) is scheduled to face Arkansas right-hander Charley Boyce (9-2, 3.18 ERA) in game two Saturday. First pitch is set for 8:00 p.m. (EST) and will be carried live on ESPN2.