Feb. 27, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 22 Florida State (7-4) fell to UNC-Asheville (3-3) by a final score of 2-1 on Friday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. Hunter Jones (1-1) took the first loss of his career after allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings of work. Jones struck out five Bulldog batters and walked only two. UNCA starter Steve Cook pitched a complete game and only allowed four Seminole hits while striking out seven with five walks and one unearned run. The loss snapped FSU’s five game winning streak.
The two teams combined for two and half innings of no hit baseball before Shane Robinson’s double to right center broke the drought. Robinson later scored from second when Bulldog first baseman Steve Sherman misplayed a throw from shortstop Josh Coyle on Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s grounder that would have ended the inning.
UNC-Asheville tied the game at one in the top of the fifth inning. Steve Burnich drew a two out walk and stole second before scoring on Ben Padgett’s double down the right line.
The Bulldogs scored an unearned run for what proved to be the game-winner in the seventh inning. Right fielder Charles Pippitt singled to right and advanced to second as Burnich reached on a fielding error by Gibbs Chapman. Pippitt then scored from second for the go ahead run when Padgett’s grounder was misplayed by Stephen Drew as FSU committed back-to-back errors.
Rhett James pitched the final two innings for the Seminoles, only allowing one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
Florida State and UNC-Asheville will return to action at Dick Howser Stadium at 2:00 on Saturday. Seminole right-hander Eddie Cannon (3-0, 2.29 ERA) will face Bulldog right-hander Aaron Rembert (1-1, 2.61 ERA).