April 13, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (33-6, 11-4 ACC) downed No. 13 Clemson (25-9, 4-5 ACC) by a final of 8-1 in front of 3,107 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Sunday afternoon. Seminole head coach Mike Martin moved into eighth on the NCAA all-time wins list at 1,272. Senior left-hander Daniel Davidson (6-0) picked up the win, working seven scoreless innings and tied a career-high with seven strikeouts on four hits. Senior Daniel Hodges earned his 112th career relief appearance to set the Florida State all-time record for relief appearances.
The Seminoles scored a quick run in the bottom of the first on a balk by pitcher Steven Jackson. Stephen Drew reached on a fielding error by shortstop Russell Triplett, stole second, moved to third on Tony McQuades’s groundout and scored on the balk to give FSU an early 1-0 lead.
FSU scored all it needed with two runs in the second and three runs in the third to push the lead to 6-0. Jerrod Brown and Blake Balkcom both singled to start the second inning to put runners on first and second. Brown advanced to third when Derrick Smith grounded into a double play and scored on Chris Hart’s RBI single to left. Hart would score the second run of the inning on Matt Sauls’ double off the fence in right. In the third, Brown had an RBI single and scored a run on another fielding error by Triplett, while Bryan Zech added an RBI single for the three-run third inning.
Florida State tacked on single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to pusj the Seminoles lead to 8-0.
Clemson scored its’ only run of the game in the top of the eighth. David Slevin doubled to right, moved to third on a throwing error to first by Eddy Martinez-Esteve and scored on Garrick Evans RBI groundout to the pitcher.
Jackson (4-2) took the loss for Clemson, giving up seven runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings of work.
Martinez-Esteve (2-for-3), Brown (2-for-4) and Hart (2-for-3) paced the Seminoles offensively and combined to score five of the Seminoles’ eight runs.
Florida State will host Jacksonville on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to Miami next weekend, April 18-20, for a three-game series. The game with JU will be televised live by Sunshine.