Feb. 22, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 24 Florida State (7-3) downed Oral Roberts (3-3) by a final score of 4-3 to give head coach Mike Martin his 1300th career win on Sunday afternoon. Martin becomes the fifth active head coach in NCAA history to reach the 1300-win plateau and the eighth all-time. The win marked the fifth straight for the Seminoles. With Gibbs Chapman on second, right fielder Matt Sauls ripped an RBI-single through the left side to propel the Seminoles to a 4-3 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Rhett James earned his first win of the season after working the final 3.2 innings. James only allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks. FSU starter Mark Sauls had an impressive outing as well, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits in 5.1 innings. Sauls struck out five and did not walk a batter.
The Seminoles scored first with one run in the bottom of the first inning. Sauls and Stephen Drew both drew walks and Sauls moved to third on a fly ball to right by Eddy Martinez-Esteve. Sauls later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Danny Wardell for the early 1-0 lead.
FSU’s lead grew to 3-0 with two more runs in the second. Brant Peacher singled to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shane Robinson. Aaron Cheesman’s single to center plated Peacher and Dennis Anderson scored the second run of the inning on Drew’s RBI-single to right. Anderson previously reached on a walk, moved to second on Cheesman’s single and advanced to third on Sauls’ groundout before scoring.
The Golden Eagles got on the board with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 3-2. Dennis Bigley was hit by pitch, advanced to third after a wild pitch and a groundout by Ricky Rivera before scoring on Boomer Welles’ RBI-single up the middle in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Matt VanDerBosch reached on a fielding error by pitcher Mark Sauls, stole second and scored when Brian Hanson’s single down the right line ricocheted off the first base bag into right field.
Oral Roberts rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth. VanDerBosch singled and moved to third on a single through the left side by second baseman Brian Hanson. Grant Plumley’s RBI-groundout to third plated VanDerBosch to tie the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, Chapman led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Cheesman’s sacrifice bunt. With a runner on second, the Golden Eagles brought in reliever Dane Towery to face Sauls who laced a 1-1 pitch through the left side of the infield to score Chapman for the game winner.
Adam Lesko took the loss for ORU after only allowing one run on one hit with eight strikeouts and four walks in 6.2 innings of relief. Reliever Dane Towery gave up the game winning hit to Sauls in the bottom of the ninth with Chapman on second.
Florida State will return to action next weekend for a three-game series with UNC-Asheville at Dick Howser Stadium. Game times are set for Friday at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.