March 19, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 16 Florida State (18-5, 1-0 ACC) recorded double-digit hits in its seventh straight game as the Seminoles defeated Maryland (9-8, 0-1 ACC) by a final score of 16-6 Friday night in front of 3,196 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Ryne Malone had a season-high four RBI while Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Bryan Zech each had three apiece. Matt Sauls (3-for-4), Martinez-Esteve (4-for-5) and Zech (3-for-4) all matched career-highs in hits. Hunter Jones (2-1) had another strong outing and had the run support he needed to pick up his second win of the season. Jones worked seven innings and only allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts.
FSU’s first six batters all scored with no outs as the Seminoles batted around the order for a 6-0 lead in the first. Zech singled up the middle and later scored on Gibbs Chapman’s double into left center. Martinez-Esteve and Aaron Cheesman were both hit by pitch to load the bases before Derrick Smith’s bunt single plated Chapman. Ryne Malone’s grand slam, his second home run of the season, over the fence in right put Florida State up by a score of 6-0.
The Seminole lead grew to 8-0 with two more runs in the bottom of the third. Matt Sauls and Zech each had RBI-singles to score the two runs.
Mike Constantino’s RBI single into right center scored Maryland’s first run of the game in the fourth inning. Constantino’s single plated Anthony Buffone who doubled into right center and moved to third on Kevin Hart’s groundout to the shortstop.
Florida State added a run in the fifth on Zech’s sacrifice fly to center that scored Danny Wardell. Wardell doubled to right center and advanced to third on Sauls’ bunt single before scoring on Zech’s sacrifice to make the score 9-1.
Maryland answered with a run in the sixth and four more in the eighth only to have the Seminoles score seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the final of 16-6. Martinez-Esteve’s two-run double to right center highlighted the seventh while Dennis Anderson, Danny Diaz and Martinez-Esteve’s RBI accounted for the three-run eighth.
Kevin Hart (1-4) took the loss for the Terrapins after giving up nine runs on nine hits in five innings of work. Hart struck out three and walked two.
Florida State and Maryland will continue their three-game series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Eddie Cannon (5-1, 2.27 ERA) will take the mound for the Seminoles.