April 27, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (38-7-1) scored seven runs in the first three innings to easily defeat No. 14 Miami (28-11-1) 12-0 in front of 5,394 fans on senior day at Dick Howser Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles bounced back from a 14-3 Saturday night defeat to finish the six-games series 4-1-1against the Hurricanes. FSU starter Daniel Davidson improved to 7-0 and remained undefeated (13-0) in his Seminole career with the victory after working 5.1 scoreless innings. Davidson only allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two. The Seminoles are now 9-1-1 in their last 11 meetings with the Hurricanes.
FSU opened the game quickly with four runs in the bottom of the first. Stephen Drew led off the game with a double to right, Tony Richie was hit by pitch and Jerrod Brown walked to load the bases with one out. Miami third baseman Gaby Sanchez overthrew first base on Blake Balkcom’s infield single to clear the bases. Bryan Zech continued to swing the bat well with a double to left to plate Balkcom and make it 4-0.
Florida State extended their lead to 6-0 on Richie’s two-run homer in the second. McQuade reached on a fielder’s choice and Richie followed with his ninth homer of the year, a two-run blast over the wall in left.
The Seminoles added another run in the third to up the lead to 7-0. Chris Hart drew a walk and advanced to third after a pair of singles from Zech and Aaron Cheesman. Hart scored from third as Zech attempted to steal second for the FSU’s seventh run of the game.
McQuade belted his seventh home run, a two-run shot just inside the foul pole in right, to give the Seminoles a 9-0 lead in the fourth.
The Seminoles put up three more runs in the sixth to complete the scoring. Drew and McQuade drew walks to put runners on first and second. Richie followed with a double to right center to plate Drew as McQuade moved to third. Brown’s sacrifice fly to center scored McQuade and advanced Richie to third. Daniel Wardell followed with another sacrifice fly to bring home Richie for the final run of the game.
Richie went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and three RBI to lead the Tribe offensively. Zech went 2-for-3 with a double and Drew went 1-for-1 with four walks and three runs scored.
Miami starter Alex Perez (0-2) took the loss for the Hurricanes after giving up seven runs (six earned) in 2.2 ininings of work.
FSU will return to action next weekend (May 2-4) in Atlanta against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Game times are set for Friday at 7:00 p.m. Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 on Sunday.