Feb. 23, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – The second-ranked Florida State Seminoles (11-1) defeated Appalachian State (0-5) by a score of 17-0 in front of 2,540 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Sunay afternoon. Junior left-hander Trent Peterson (2-0) got the win after throwing a one-hitter in five scoreless innings of work. He tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts. Florida State scored all 17 runs in two innings, totaling six in the first inning and 11 in the sixth.
FSU got out of the gates quickly with six runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning. Stephen Drew singled and Tony McQuade walked to set the table for Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s second home run of the season. Daniel Wardell added an RBI-single and Matt Sauls knocked in two more with a double to left.
The game stood at 6-0 until the Tribe broke it open with an 11-run sixth. An FSU record 14 consecutive batters reached based safely in the inning, breaking Friday night’s record of 13. Wardell, Martinez-Esteve and Jerrod Brown each had two-RBI base hits.
Peterson’s 10 strikeouts tied an April 3rd, 2001 outing in which he struck out 10 in six innings. The only hit he gave up was a bunt single by Justin Thomas in the fourth inning. Peterson faced a total of 20 batters and walked only one. He dropped his ERA to 1.56 and leads the team with 23 strikeouts in just 17.1 innings pitched.
Appalachian State right-hander Scott Clark (0-2) took the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in just 0.2 innings of work.
The game was called after the seventh inning as time constraints affected Appalachian State’s travel plans.
Florida State will host Charleston Southern next weekend in a three-game game series at Dick Howser Stadium. Game times are set for Friday at 3:30, Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Senior LHP Matt Lynch (3-0), freshman RHP Mark Sauls (3-0) and Peterson are FSU’s scheduled starters.