March 4, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – There were a lot of storylines in No. 6 Florida State’s 21-5 win over Brown Saturday. There was Ryne Malone’s NCAA record-tying two homeruns in an inning. You had Dennis Guinn extend his streak of games with a hit and an RBI to 10. Then there was Barret Browning (3-0) pitching five innings of one run ball but nothing can overshadow what took place in the fifth. FSU sent 20 batters to the plate, recorded 10 hits, batted around twice and scored 15 runs, the second-most in an inning in school history. The 15-run fifth highlighted FSU’s (13-1) victory over Brown (0-2) in the second game of the series Saturday.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Seminoles recorded 10 of their 17 hits. Four players had multiple hits in the inning alone and Buster Posey and Tony Thomas, Jr. each had three at bats in the wild fifth. The record for runs scored by an FSU team in one inning was 16 and that was set by clubs in the 1982 and 1992 seasons.
“It is funny (associate head coach) Jamey (Shouppe) was on that 1982 club and I turned to him when we had about 12 runs and said this reminded me of ’82,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “We hit a bunch of homeruns in that game too. I was just very pleased with how this ball club came out ready to play today.”
The star of the fifth inning had to be Malone. The junior, who missed just his fourth game in 155 possible games due to an illness Friday, came back strong going 3-for-4 with a triple, two homeruns, three RBIs and two runs scored. He is the first player in the NCAA to hit two homers in an inning since 2004 and the first Seminole to do since Ryan Barthelemy did it versus FAMU in 2002.
“The rest yesterday definitely helped out,” said Malone of his performance. “My main goal was to go out and have fun and enjoy the guys. After being sick and missing a game, I haven’t missed too many ballgames I just really don’t want to take anything for granted. It was really nice to get out there today.
“It is a great honor (getting in the NCAA record book). Our whole team did a great job today.”
There were plenty of stars at the plate Saturday for FSU. Danny Diaz broke open a 1-1 game with a two-run single that started the 15-run fifth. Guinn hit his fifth homer of the year and knocked in four more runs. Shane Robinson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs but it was Jack Rye that led the way. The sophomore hit his fourth and fifth homers and led the team with five RBIs.
“I saw a couple good pitches today,” said Rye when asked about his performance. “Shane, myself and a couple other guys have been getting pitched around lately. We just had to stay patient and today I got a couple pitches down the middle and I took advantage of it.”
Brown starter Shaun McNamara (0-1) kept FSU at bay through three innings allowing just one hit, a bunt single by Tony Thomas, Jr. Robinson beat out an infield single in the fourth and moved up to third on a ground out and a passed ball. Guinn then drove in his 18th RBI tying the game at 1-1.
Through the first four innings the game seemed to be a pitcher’s duel. The team’s had combined for just six hits, only two by Seminoles, and two runs. Browning and McNamara had settled into a groove or so it seemed.
“Their pitcher was doing really well and once we got to the fifth inning we had to step it up,” said Rye. “We had a couple of breaks and that turned into a huge inning.”
“It is a crazy game,” said Martin. “Their guy was going right through us. He was quick to the plate. He was spotting the ball very well. We got into the fifth inning and got a couple good at bats. Buster Posey led off with a single. All of a sudden a ball is misplayed up the middle and good clubs take advantage of mistakes. Never in my wildest of dreams did I think we would turn it into a 15 run inning but we really did take advantage of some mistakes that were made. It is a credit to our young men and I am very proud of the way they played again today.”
The Seminoles started to figure out McNamara in the bottom of the fifth. Posey led off with a single and Thomas followed by drawing a walk. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position and then Diaz brought both home on a single to center giving FSU the 3-1 lead, its first of the game. Diaz moved to second on a ground out and then to third on Robinson’s second hit of the game. FSU continued to build on its lead as a chopper over the pitcher was misplayed and Diaz come home to score the fourth run. Guinn then did what he has been doing all season. The sophomore jacked his fifth homer of the year putting FSU in front 7-1 on the three-run shot. Malone followed with another homer, his third of the year, as the lead grew to 8-1. It was the first back-to-back homers by Seminoles since May 19, 2005. The Seminoles eventually loaded the bases versus the third Brown pitcher of the afternoon and a Charles Cleveland walk forced in the ninth run and the eighth of the inning. A passed ball allowed Thomas to come in and then Robinson doubled driving in two more runs making it a 12-1 game. Rye followed by hitting the third homerun of the frame, this one a two-run shot. After an error would have ended the inning, Malone got back to the plate and made Brown pay with his second shot of the inning, this one a two-run homer.
“That was a great inning,” said Rye. “A lot of it came with two outs and we kept fighting. Nobody wanted to make the last out and it just shows how deep our line-up is.”
After the fifth inning took what was seemed to be nearly an hour, Browning did not return for the sixth. The junior picked up his third straight win as he gave up just one run and six hits. He issued only one walk and fanned five batters.
“Barret Browning pitched very well in the five innings he was out there,” said Martin. “He really spotted his pitches well. He had his curveball and change-up going. Brown is not a bad baseball team. They just made a couple of mistakes we took advantage of.”
Sunday’s series finale will be played at 12:00 p.m. That game was moved up from 1:00 p.m. due to travel restrictions for the Bears. All three Sunday home games in March will now be played at 12:00 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled times of 1:00. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with a live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.