April 2, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 10 Florida State (21-9, 4-3 ACC) fell to No. 22 NC State (20-8, 4-3 ACC) 11-0 in front of 3,504 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday night. The Wolfpack held the Seminoles to just three hits and scored eight runs over the final four innings. Eddie Cannon (7-2) took the loss after allowing four runs (one earned) in six innings of work. Cannon struck out six and walked two. The shutout was the first against FSU since falling 5-0 to Georgia Tech on April 22, 2000, a span of 263 games.
The Wolfpack scored all they would need with one run in the top of the third. NC State first baseman reached on an error and moved to second on a passed ball before Jason St. Julian’s RBI-single to left plated Hicks for the early lead.
NC State pushed its lead to 3-0 with a two unearned runs in the fourth. Jonathan Diaz and Ryan Johnson recorded back-to-back singles and moved up a base on Matt Camp’s groundout to second. With runners on second and third, Lee Mezistrano’s grounder bounced off Danny Wardell’s glove and into right field to score the two runners.
FSU’s first hit didn’t come until the fifth inning as Shane Robinson ripped a single into center field.
After scoring one run in the sixth, NCSU posted three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Eric Taylor had an RBI-single to score St. Julian, and Diaz’s two-run double plated Tim Holt and Dustin Knight in the seventh. Knight’s three-run homer to center in the eighth put the Wolfpack up 10-0. NC State added a single run in the top of the ninth for the final of 11-0.
Michael Rogers (5-1) picked up the win as he struck out nine and walked just one in eight innings. Rogers threw 101 pitches and allowed all three Seminole hits.
Florida State and NC State will continue their three-game ACC series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Seminole starter Hunter Jones (2-2, 4.12 ERA) will face Wolfpack right-hander Vern Sterry (4-1, 1.98 ERA).