March 2, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Stephen Drew’s two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth gave top-ranked Florida State (13-1) a 2-1 victory over visiting Charleston Southern (3-8) in game one of a Sunday doubleheader. Trent Peterson (3-0) had another strong start for FSU, going eight innings and allowing just one run on four hits. Closer Daniel Hodges finished off the Buccaneers in the ninth for his third save of the year. The win extended the Seminoles’ winning streak to 10 games.
Charleston Southern broke FSU’s streak of 27 scoreless innings when Jeff Kolhagen hit a solo home run over the fence in right center to give the Buccaneers a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Chris Hart led off with a single to center. After Bryan Zech came in to pinch-run for Hart, Kevin Richmond pinch-hit for Daniel Wardell and reached on a bunt base hit to put runners on first and second with no outs. Aaron Cheesman executed a sacrficice bunt to move the runners to second and third. After an infield pop out, Drew ripped a 3-2 pitch over the second baseman’s head to give the Seminoles a 2-1 lead.
CSU starter Robert Swindle (1-2) matched Peterson’s effort, going 7.2 innings and giving up two runs on five hits. Swindle struck out nine and walked just two in the loss.
The two teams conclude the series with the second game of the doubleheader, scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m.