April 17, 2004
Coral Gables, Fla. – No. 14 Florida State (25-13, 6-3 ACC) dropped a 7-3 decision at No. 4 Miami (28-7) in front of 6,328 fans at Mark Light Field. With the Seminoles leading 3-1 in the sixth, Miami third baseman Gaby Sanchez hit a three-run homer to put the Hurricanes ahead for good. FSU starter Mark Sauls (3-3) took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) in 6.1 innings. Sauls recorded four strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter.
The Seminoles scored first with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, breaking a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings. Stephen Drew put down a bunt single and moved to second when Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s grounder was misplayed by Miami shortstop Roger Tomas. With runners on first and second with one out, Gibbs Chapman’s RBI-single to left center plated Drew from second. Martinez-Esteve later scored on Ryne Malone’s sacrifice fly to left.
FSU added another run in the fifth to push the lead to 3-0. Brandon Manasa led off with a single and came around to score on Drew’s double down the right field line.
The Hurricanes scored an unearned run in the bottom half of the fifth to make it 3-1. Richard Giannotti singled and moved to second on an error by Malone at first base before coming home on a single Tomas.
Gaby Sanchez put Miami up 4-3 with a three-run homer in the sixth. Brian Barton was hit by a pitch and Jim Burt singled before Sanchez hit his third home run of the season.
Miami added three more runs in the seventh to push its lead to 7-3. Tomas singled up the middle and moved up a base as Jon Jay drew a walk walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Tomas then scored from second on Adam Ricks’ RBI-single through the left side. Ricks advanced to second as Barton reached on an error before Burt’s two-run double brought home both Ricks and Barton.
Drew was the only Seminoles starter with more than one hit, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and a double.
UM starter Cesar Carrillo (6-0) earned the win after allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings. George Huguet worked the final two innings and did not allow a run on one hit.
Florida State and Miami will conclude the six-game series on Sunday at Mark Light Field. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. and will be televised by Sunshine Network. Seminole right-hander Rhett James (3-1, 3.18 ERA) will face Hurricane left-hander Brandon Camardese (4-0, 3.07).