March 2, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (14-1) defeated Charleston Southern (3-9) by a final score of 10-7 in game two of a doubleheader as 2,232 fans looked on Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium. All-American closer Daniel Hodges picked up his second win of the season after working the final 1.1 innings without giving up a run. Eddy Martinez-Esteve led Florida State offensively, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. The Seminoles, winners of 11 straight, are off to their best start since the 1986 team began the year 14-1.
The Bucanneers took the early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Jordan Haar led off with a walk, Brad Woods followed with a walk, and Brandon Massey reached on an error to load the bases. Haar scored on a wild pitch and Jeff Kolhagen cleared the bases with a two-run single.
FSU got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Martinez-Esteve singled, took second on a foul out, and then scored on a CSU error.
The Bucs made it 4-1 when Adrian Vanderburg singled and scored the second unearned run of the game with the help of an FSU error and a passed ball.
Florida State took a 5-4 lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Martinez-Esteve doubled down the third base line and advanced to third on a balk before scoring on Tony Richie’s RBI-single to right. Jerrod Brown was hit by a pitch and Chris Hart loaded the bases after catcher’s interference was called. All three runners moved up a base after Derrick Smith’s pinch hit RBI-single plated Richie. Brown scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch from Nino Fasulo as the runners advanced. Cheesman’s groundout scored Hart for the final run of the inning.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 7-4 in the seventh with RBI’s from Richie and Brown. Drew and McQuade both recorded stolen bases before scoring.
The Buccaneers wouldn’t quit as they tied the game at seven with three runs in the top half of the eighth to tie the game. Scott Thacker walked with the bases loaded to score Michael Blankenship from third. Jordan Haar’s sacrifice fly to center scored Vanderburg and Jay Reynolds came home on a passed ball.
Jordan Haar (0-1) took the loss for the Buccaneers after giving up two runs on three hits in one inning of relief.
Florida State’s homestand continues on Tuesday as Siena visits Dick Howser for a three-game series. Game times are set for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Seminoles host No. 19 Florida Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.