April 3, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – Matt Sauls roped an RBI-single into right center to score Brandon Manasa in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift No. 10 Florida State (22-9, 5-3 ACC) 7-6 over No. 22 NC State (20-9, 4-4 ACC) in front of 3,825 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday night. The Seminoles and Wolfpack combined for 25 hits while Shane Robinson went 3-for-6 with a double and a triple in the win. Freshman right-hander Tyler Chambliss (1-1) picked up his first-career win after shutting down NC State over the final three innings. Chambliss held the Wolfpack scoreless and allowed just one hit while striking out a season-high five with one walk. FSU’s pitching staff totaled 15 strikeouts on the night.
The Seminoles got on the board first with one run in the bottom of the second inning. Ryne Malone drew a lead off and moved to third as Shane Robinson ripped a double into left field. With runners on second and third, Danny Wardell’s sacrifice fly to center plated Malone for the early 1-0 lead.
NC State answered with a run in the third to tie the game at one apiece. Jonathan Diaz doubled down the right line and advance to third on a passed ball before scoring on Matt Camp’s sacrifice bunt to tie the game.
The Wolfpack took the lead at 3-1 with a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Lee Mezistrano scored the go ahead run as Ryan Johnson was walked with the bases loaded to give the Wolfpack a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. NCSU added a run in the fifth as Mezistrano’s RBI-single to right plated Dustin Knight who was hit by pitch and moved to second on a failed double steal attempt.
FSU tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the sixth. Aaron Cheesman doubled to right-center and scored on an errant throw to first from second baseman Matt Camp on Malone’s single. Malone scored the tying run on Robinson’s RBI-single to center.
NCSU scored its final three runs in the seventh to regain the lead at 6-3. Knight’s RBI-single to left and Jake Muyco’s two-run double to center field accounted for the Wolfpack’s three runs.
The Seminoles cut the lead to 6-4 in the home half of the seventh inning on Bryan Zech’s RBI-single to center. Wardell started things off with an infield single to third and advanced to third as Wolfpack pitcher McLauren throw to second rolled into center field. Zech’s single to center brought home Wardell for FSU’s only run in the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth, Derrick Smith’s two-run homer over in the fence in right evened the score for the third time of the game, this time at 6-6.
With two outs and no one on in the 11th inning, Smith and Wardell both drew walks to put runners on first and second. Brandon Manasa then came into the game as a pinch runner for Smith at second to see Sauls belt a 2-2 pitch into right center to plate Manasa for the winning run. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Seminoles.
Reliever Daniel Caldwell (1-1) took the loss for the Wolfpack after allowing one run on two hits in 1.2 innings of work. Caldwell walked three and had one strikeout in the loss.
Zech (3-for-6), Cheesman (2-for-5), Robinson (3-for-6) and Sauls (2-for-6) all had multi-hit games for FSU.
Florida State and NC State will conclude their three-game ACC series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Seminole right-hander Mark Sauls (2-1, 2.87 ERA) will face Wolfpack right-hander Derrick McKee (1-0, 3.86 ERA).