April 6, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Tony Richie went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI to lead No. 2 Florida State (31-5, 9-3 ACC) to a 10-7 win and a three-game sweep of No. 14 Wake Forest (20-10, 6-5 ACC) in front of 3,397 Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. Richie’s three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth was the difference as Wake came back to score three in the ninth to make the final score 10-7. The Seminoles have now won 13-straight games over Wake Forest in Tallahassee.
Adam Bourassa led off the game with a home run to right, his third of the season, to put the Demon Deacons up 1-0.
FSU took the lead in the bottom half of the first with two runs. With two outs, Tony McQuade singled up the middle and stole second before scoring on Tony Richie’s double down the left line. Jerrod Brown followed with an RBI-single to give the Seminoles a 2-1 lead.
The Seminoles made it 3-1 in the second when Derrick Smith grounded into a double play to score Blake Balkcom. Balkcom led off the inning with a double to right center and moved to third on a single by Chris Hart.
Wake Forest cut the Seminole lead to 3-2 with a run in the third inning. Bourassa doubled to left, moved to third on Ryan Hubbard’s bunt single and scored his second run of the game on Ryan Johnson’s single up the middle.
Florida State tacked on three more runs in the third on an RBI-double by McQuade, a sacrifice fly by Richie and a Brown RBI-groundout.
The Demon Deacons scored two more runs in the fifth to make it 6-4. Steven Malinowski scored on Johnson’s RBI-groundout and Brad Scioletti’s single plated Hubbard to bring the lead down to two.
FSU got a run back in the sixth to make it 7-4. With two outs, Eddy Martinez-Esteve doubled down the left line and then scored when McQuade hit his second triple of the season to center.
Richie gave the Seminoles some insurance they would end up needing with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. Richie’s home run, his sixth of the season, proved to be the game-winning hit. Drew (walk) and McQuade (hit by pitch) were aboard for the Richie’s homer.
Wake made it interesting with three runs in the ninth. Hubbard singled and Jamie D’Antona blasted his 11th homer of the year to make it 10-6. The Deacons added one more run on a sacrifice fly.
Daniel Davidson (5-0) earned the win for FSU after allowing four runs on 10 hits over six innings. Adam Hanson (4-2) took the loss for Wake Forest, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits over six innings.
Florida State travels to Jacksonville, Wednesday April 9th to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles return to Dick Howser Stadium to host Clemson next weekend, April 11-13, game times are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.