March 10, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 19 Florida State (13-5) used 21 different players and pounded out 16 hits to defeat Butler (4-6) by a final score of 11-2 on Wednesday night at Dick Howser Stadium. Brian Chambers (1-0) picked up the win in his first-career start while working a predetermined four innings. Chambers allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Right fielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve led the Seminoles offensively, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
The Seminoles took an early lead with one run in the bottom of the first inning. Bryan Zech reached on a throwing error by third baseman Dale Mueller and advanced to third after the ball rolled into foul territory. Aaron Cheesman then plated Zech with a triple off the fence in center for the 1-0 lead.
FSU broke the game open with four runs in the second inning. Ryne Malone’s RBI-single plated Shane Robinson and Zech’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Malone to put the Seminoles up 3-0. Martinez-Esteve closed out the scoring with his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot over the fence in right that made the score 5-0.
Florida State’s lead grew to 7-0 with two more runs in the third. Robinson had an RBI-single and Matt Sauls added an RBI-double.
Clayton Deeb’s RBI-single off the wall in right center with two outs scored Justin McKinley and Andy Bulla for the Bulldogs first two runs of the game to make the score of 7-2.
The Seminoles scored a pair of runs in the fourth and sixth innings while adding two more in the seventh for the final score of 11-2.
Four Seminoles recorded double-digit hits in the win. Matt Sauls (3-for-3) and Martinez-Esteve (3-for-5) each had three hits, while Robinson (2-for-3) and Cheesman (2-for-3) had two apiece.
Randy Miles (1-1) took the loss for Butler as he allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Florida State will host Michigan State this weekend for a three-game series. Game times are set for Friday at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. FSU will start Hunter Jones on Friday, Eddie Cannon on Saturday and Mark Sauls on Sunday against the Spartans.