March 21, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 16 Florida State (20-5, 3-0 ACC) completed a three-game sweep of Maryland (9-10, 0-3 ACC) by a final score of 13-6 on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,037 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. After hitting a grand slam in both the Friday and Saturday games, Ryne Malone had another good day as he tallied four RBI with a three-run triple while going 2-for-4. Mark Sauls (2-1) earned the win after working five innings with six strikeouts and just one walk. Sauls allowed five runs (one earned) on six hits. The Seminoles extended their winning streak to nine games.
FSU took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Bryan Zech walked, Eddy Martinez-Esteve doubled off the fence in right and Aaron Cheesman also walked to load the bases. Zech came home for the first run on a wild pitch from Maryland starter Sean Kane and Martinez-Esteve scored on Ryne Malone’s grounder.
The Terrapins answered with four unearned runs on two hits in the second inning for a 4-2 lead. Matt Maropis had a three-run double and Anthony Buffone followed with an RBI-double.
The Seminoles regained the lead at 5-4 with three runs in the third. Martinez-Esteve belted the first pitch he saw in the home half of the third out of the park, his seventh home run of the season, to bring the Seminoles to within one at 4-3. Cheesman doubled and moved to third as Malone reached on a throwing error from Terrapin second baseman Maropis. Cheesman scored from third as he and Malone pulled off the double steal and Malone advanced to third on the throwing error by the catcher. Wardell’s sacrifice fly to left plated Malone for the third run of the inning.
Elliot Singletary’s RBI-double scored Truan Mehl, who had doubled to lead off the fourth, as Maryland tied the game for a second time at 5-5.
Florida State broke the game wide open with eight runs in the fifth inning. Matt Sauls and Zech each had RBI-singles while Martinez-Esteve was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Cheesman drew a walk with the bases loaded for two more runs. Malone’s three-run triple to straight-away center pushed the lead to 13-5.
Maryland added an unearned run in the seventh for the final score of 13-6. Buffone doubled to left with one out, advanced to third on Kevin Hart’s single before scoring with two outs as Brian Jarosinski reached on a fielding error.
Sean Kane (1-3) took the loss for the Terrapins after allowing 12 runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work. Kane walked six and struck out one in the loss.
On top of Malone’s performance, Martinez-Esteve (2-for-4) added three runs and two RBI, while Matt Sauls (2-for-3) added an RBI and a run scored. In four games this week, Martinez-Esteve hit .688 with two home runs and 14 RBI. He is now hitting .388 on the season and leads the team with seven home runs and 33 RBI.
FSU will get its first ACC road test of the season next weekend at North Carolina, March 26-28. Game times are set for Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.