May 6, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State (41-8-1, 13-5 ACC) scored five runs in the top of the fourth and cruised to a 11-3 over Jacksonville (24-25, 15-15 A-SUN) in front of 2,076 fans at Alexander Brest Stadium in Jacksonville Tuesday night. Freshman RHP Mark Sauls (4-0, 2.16 ERA) picked up the win after working five scoreless innings and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts. The Seminole offense piled up a season-high 20 hits with four Seminole batters recording three hits.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Stephen Drew singled to right and stole second before Tony McQuade’s single put runners on the corners. Tony Richie followed with a two-run double to center to plate Drew and McQuade to give FSU the early lead.
Drew and McQuade led off the third inning with a pair of doubles as Drew scored the inning’s only run to push the Seminole lead to 3-0.
FSU blew the game open with five runs in the fourth inning to make the score 8-0. Aaron Cheesman and Bryan Zech led off the fourth with back-to-back doubles, while McQuade, Richie, Jerrod Brown, Zech and Derrick Smith all recorded RBI hits in the frame.
Jacksonville scored their first runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Rob Hudson’s two-run double to right scored Larry Best-Berfet and Gordie Gronkowski to cut FSU’s lead to 8-2.
Drew hit his seventh triple of the season to score Smith who singled to lead off the seventh and Daniel Wardell’s sacrifice fly to right plated Drew to give the Seminoles a 10-2 lead.
The Seminoles added another run in the eighth to make the score of 11-2. Smith’s RBI double down the right line brought home Cheesman who reached on a throwing error by JU shortstop Orlando Diaz.
JU added one more run on Diaz’s solo home run in the ninth for the final score of 11-3.
Four Seminoles (Drew 3-for-4, McQuade 3-for-3, Richie3-for-6 and Smith 3-for-5) had three hits in the game to pace the Florida State offense.
Ryan Courson (1-4) took the loss for the Dolphins after giving up five runs on seven hits in three innings of work and only striking out two.
Florida State travels to Maryland this weekend, May 9-11, for a three-game series with the Terrapins. Game times are set for Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. FSU LHP Trent Peterson (8-1, 2.43 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill Friday night for the Seminoles.