March 17, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 16 Florida State (17-5) pounded out a season-high 18 hits and used a 10-run eighth inning to rout Jacksonville (11-11) by a final score of 19-3 Wednesday evening in front of 1,807 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Eddy Martinez-Esteve racked up a career-high seven RBI while going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a three-run blast over the 50-foot scoreboard in left field. The seven-RBI performance was the most since Marshall McDougall’s had 16 at Maryland on May 9, 1999. The Seminoles’ 19 runs were the most since FSU defeated Florida 19-6 on February 17, 2001.
Brian Schultz (3-0) picked up the win after working 1.1 innings of relief. Schultz had didn’t allow a hit and had one walk with one strikeout. Seminole starter Brian Chambers worked four innings and allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and a career-high six strikeouts.
The Seminoles opened the game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Gibbs Chapman singled and stole second before scoring the first run of the game on Martinez-Esteve’s RBI-single to left. Aaron Cheesman’s doubled off the fence in right and Danny Wardell walked to load the bases with one out. Brant Peacher then plated Martinez-Esteve and Cheesman with a two-run single into right center. Wardell scored the fourth run of the inning on a throwing error by JU shortstop Pete Clifford.
After the Dolphins scored two runs in the third, Florida State added to its lead with three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 7-2. Chapman walked and moved to third after a pair of walks by Jacksonville starter Shaun Kapples. Wardell drew a bases loaded walk to score Chapman in the fifth and Martinez-Esteve’s two-run single through the left side plated Bryan Zech and Matt Sauls for the two runs in the sixth.
Martinez-Esteve’s three-run blast to left, Dennis Anderson’s two-run double and Danny Diaz’ two-run single paved the way for FSU’s 10-run eighth.
JU starter Shawn Kapples (0-1) took his first loss of the season after giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits in five innings of work. Kapples walked five and struck out two in the loss.
Six different Seminoles recorded multi-hit performances highlighted by Brant Peacher’s 4-for-5 performance with four RBI and two runs scored. Peacher, who had career-highs in hits and RBI in the game, also added a double and his first home run of the season. Bryan Zech (2-for-5), Chapman (2-for-3), Martinez-Esteve (3-for-4), Anderson (2-for-4) and Matt Sauls (2-for-5) each had two or more hits.
Florida State will open ACC action this weekend with a three-game series with Maryland. Game times are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Friday’s game will be televised live on Sunshine.