March 20, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 16 Florida State (19-5, 2-0 ACC) scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to a 10-1 defeat of Maryland (9-9, 0-2 ACC) Saturday night in front of 4,263 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Ryne Malone belted a grand slam for the second straight game in the fourth inning on his way to a season-high five RBI performance. Eddie Cannon (6-1) picked up the win after allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings of work. Cannon did not walk a batter and struck out four while only throwing 82 pitches.
The Terrapins’ only run came in the second inning as Jason Maxey hit his first home run of the season over the fence in right to give Maryland the early lead.
FSU tied the game at one apiece with a single run in the bottom of the second. Derrick Smith doubled to right center, advanced to third on Shane Robinson’s single to the shortstop before scoring when Bryan Zech drew a bases loaded walk to score Smith.
After going ahead 2-1 with another run in the third, the Seminoles blew the game open with a six-run fourth inning. Robinson doubled up the middle and moved to third on Matt Sauls’ sacrifice bunt. Zech was walked for the second straight at bat and went to third on Gibbs Chapman’s RBI-single through the right side plated Robinson for the first run of the inning. Zech scored on Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s single. With runners on first and second, Aaron Cheesman was hit by pitch to load the bases with one out. Ryne Malone then proceded to hit a grand slam, his second in as many games, to give Florida State a commanding 8-1 advantage.
The Seminoles scored single runs in the fifth and eighth innings for the final score of 10-1. Chapman had an RBI triple in the fifth that scored Sauls and Martinez-Esteve’s RBI-single off the right field fence in the eighth plated Zech from second. Zech had singled and moved up a base on Brant Peacher’s pinch hit single.
Champman (2-for-4), Martinez-Esteve (2-for-3) and Robinson (2-for-4) all had multi-hits for the Seminoles. Chapman and Martinez-Esteve both had two RBI while Malone had a season-high five RBI.
UM starter Chris Clem took the loss after allowing nine runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Clem walked four and struck out three.
The Seminoles will look to complete the series sweep over the Terrapins on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Mark Sauls (1-1, 3.29 ERA) will be on the hill for Florida State.