Feb. 28, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 22 Florida State (8-4) shutdown UNC-Asheville (3-4) by a final score of 8-0 in front of 3,036 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Eddie Cannon (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the season as he only threw 88 pitches in eight innings of work. Cannon struck out seven Bulldog batters with no walks and only allowed four hits in the win. Stephen Drew led the Seminole offense going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Eddy Martinez-Esteve also had a strong performance as he went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. The shutout was the first of the season for FSU and the first since the Seminoles blanked Jacksonville 6-0 in the 2003 Tallahassee Regional.
The Seminoles opened the scoring with one-run in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Gibbs Chapman doubled off the fence in right center and later scored on Stephen Drew’s single up the middle for the early 1-0 lead.
Florida State’s lead grew to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Brant Peacher reached on a fielding error to start the sixth and advanced to third on Danny Wardell’s single through the left side. Peacher stole home on a double steal attempt with Wardell, but Bryan Zech drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Zech then moved to third as Aaron Cheesman was also walked before reaching third when Matt Sauls grounded into a bases loaded 5-2-3 double play. Zech scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch from Chris Nigro.
FSU made the score 4-0 with another run in the seventh. Dennis Anderson drew a walk to lead off the inning and moved to third on Drew’s single to right center before scoring on a balk by Bulldog pitcher Nigro.
The Seminoles put the game out of reach with four runs on three extra base hits in the eighth. Shane Robinson and Drew each had RBI-doubles while Martinez-Esteve recorded his fourth home run of the season, a two-run blast over the fence in right.
Aaron Rembert (1-2) took the loss for UNC-Asheville as he allowed three runs (one earned) with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work.
Matt DiBlasi pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Seminoles with one walk and one strikeout.
Florida State and UNC-Asheville will conclude the three-game series at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Right-hander Mark Sauls (0-1, 4.85 ERA) will take the mound for the Seminoles.