April 9, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 13 Florida State (25-9, 6-3 ACC) got two home runs from Stephen Drew to defeat No. 5 Miami (24-7) by a final score of 6-5 in front of 6,013 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday night. The crowd was the seventh-largest in Dick Howser Stadium history. After UM scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead, Drew launched a three-run homer to give the Seminoles a 6-5 lead they would not relinquish.
Brian Schultz (4-0) picked up the win after pitching the final out of the seventh inning. Senior right-hander Rhett James earned his third save of the season after pitching the final two innings without giving up a run or a hit.
Miami opened the scoring on Ryan Braun’s two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning to put the Hurricanes up by a score of 1-0.
The Seminoles got on the board and took their first lead of the game with two runs in the third inning. Matt Sauls drew a walk to lead off the inning and moved to second on Bryan Zech’s sacrifice bunt. Stephen Drew then belted his fifth home run of the season over the fence in right to give Florida State a 2-1 lead.
Florida State had the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth inning and couldn’t plate a run, but did increase the lead to 3-1 when Zech took the first pitch of the fifth inning over the left field wall – his fifth home run of the season.
Braun hit his second home run of the game in the sixth, a two-run shot to left, to tie the game at 3-3. Brendan Katin led off the inning with a single through the left side to put a runner on for Braun’s homer.
The Hurricanes regained the lead with two more runs in the seventh. Brian Barton hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and Joey Hooft’s RBI-single through the left side scored Adam Ricks to give UM a 5-3 advantage. Ricks singled up the middle and moved to third on Erik San Pedro’s double down the right line before scoring.
FSU quickly answered with three runs in the home half of the seventh to take the lead at 6-5. Matt Sauls singled to center and advanced to second when Zech drew a walk. Drew then crushed his second home run of the game to right center to record the game-winning hit. Drew’s two home runs marked his fifth-career multi-home run game of his career and he also tied a career-high with five RBI.
J.D. Cockroft (2-3) suffered his third loss of the season after giving up four runs on three hits in 3.1 innings of work. Cockroft struck out two and walked one.
Florida State and Miami will continue the three-game series at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Seminole right-hander Mark Sauls (3-1, 3.02 ERA) will face Hurricane right-hander Cesar Carrillo (4-0, 3.06 ERA).