May 17, 2005
“Our guys approached this game very professionally,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “We went out there and didn’t commit an error and that is the first thing I look for. I love to see a zero in that last column.”
Florida State took leads of 2-0 and 5-2 before watching the Dolphins fight back to tie the game on both occasions. But each time JU tied the game FSU answered back immediately in the bottom of the inning. When JU tied the game at 2-2, FSU scored three in the bottom of the fifth. When JU answered back with three in the top of the sixth, FSU went on to score seven unanswered runs in the next three innings.
“After they scored the three runs, it was very important we answered,” said Martin. “That was a big lift for our team. The fact that we got seven runs in the last three innings after being tied up is a clear indication of the character of this team.”
Lynch pitched 1 1/3 innings in picking up his 10th win of the season. He is now second in the ACC in wins behind Miami’s Cesar Carillo. He allowed just one hit and did not give up a run for the 17th time in his last 18 appearances.
“Kevin came in and did a great job again,” said Martin. “He faced five hitters and was very effective. He enjoys coming in and pitching. I am very proud of that young man.”
Robinson was once again the offensive catalyst for FSU. All three times he led off an inning he recorded a hit including a double and a home run. All three times he came around to score as well. The Player of the Year candidate is now hitting .448 on the year.
“I just am thinking the same thing every time I step up to the plate,” said Robinson. “I am trying to not lose focus and just do the same thing I do everyday.”
The Seminoles broke on top thanks to a JU error in the bottom of the third. Robinson led off an inning with a hit for the second time in the game, this one his 25th double of the year. Ryne Malone laid down a sac bunt that was thrown away allowing Robinson to score and Malone to make it to second. Aaron Cheesman made it 2-0 and wrote his name into the FSU record books. The senior sacrificed the run home tying the single season sacrifice record with his 19th of the year.
The Dolphins halved the lead in the next inning though. Short stop Matt Lopez hit his first homer of the season just over the left field wall. FSU starter Michael Hyde then gave up his seventh homer of the year in the fifth making it a 2-2 game.
JU starter Neal Frontz (6-6) opened the fifth with back-to-back walks. Cheesman then moved the runners over with his record-breaking 20th sacrifice of the season. Danny Wardell then put down another sac bunt breaking the 2-2 tie. Josh Spivey made it a 4-2 game as he recorded a two-out RBI single into center field. Ryne Jernigan then drove in another run as he popped up a bunt that landed in front of the pitcher. Frontz dove for the ball and knocked it into foul territory as the run came home.
Jacksonville evened up the game with one swing of the bat in the top of the sixth. Hyde gave up a single and a walk before Preston Pehrson victimized the sophomore once again. The Dolphin sophomore sent a two-out pitch over the right field wall making it a 5-5 game with his second blast of the game. It was the first time in 2005 that FSU had given up three homers in a game.
It only took one batter for FSU to retake the lead. Robinson recorded his third hit of the game and his third hit to lead off an inning as he hit a solo homer over the wall in left field. It was his fourth homer of the year. It also gave Robinson his 17th three-hit game and his 36th multi-hit game of the season. Malone wouldn’t be out done though as he went yard for the seventh time this season off new JU hurler Ashley Roque. It was the third homer for Malone in his last 14 at bats. It was the first time this season the Seminoles have hit back-to-back home runs as well. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases up with just one away in the sixth. Then a Roque pitch got away from the catcher. Chapman stopped between third and home but JU catcher Alex Jamieson threw to the plate. The ball sailed over the pitcher who was covering home allowing Chapman to score. Cheesman was thrown out at third on the play for the second out of the frame. Two more walks loaded the bases once again. The fourth straight walk brought another run home for FSU as the lead grew to 9-5.
FSU looked to add to the lead in the seventh. A walk and a single started the bottom half of the inning. A double steal moved both runners into scoring position. Florida State went up 10-5 on a fielder’s choice RBI by Cheesman coupled with the Dolphins’ fourth error of the night that left runners on the corners. Dennis Guinn then drove in the first RBI of his career on a sac fly.
Pinch hitter Brant Peacher concluded the scoring and made it a 12-5 game as he hit his third homer of the season. It was the eighth of the year for the Seminoles in the four game series with JU.
Florida State will wrap-up the 2005 regular season at No. 22 NC State (37-14). The series is one of three key ACC series between the top six teams in the conference this weekend that will determine final seeding for the ACC Tournament. Florida State can still finish as high as second or as low as sixth. Game Tracker will be available for all this year’s games along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.