March 14, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (22-2) won its ACC opener 9-1 over Virginia (9-6) in front of 2,832 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Friday night. Senior Matt Lynch (6-0) moved into a tie for sixth all-time at FSU with his 35th career victory. Lynch allowed one run on six hits over 6.2 innings and recorded a season-high seven strikeouts. Eddy Martinez-Esteve belted two home runs while Chris Hart added a grand slam and Stephen Drew’s two-run shot gave the Tribe four homers on the day.
The Seminoles quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning behind back-to-back home runs by Hart and Martinez-Esteve. Stephen Drew led off the inning with a single, Tony McQuade walked and Tony Richie singled to shortstop before Hart hit a grand slam deep over the left field wall. Martinez-Esteve didn’t waste any time as he took a 1-0 pitch deep to center for his third home run of the season. Hart’s grand slam marked the first for the Seminoles since Drew belted one against Duke on May 6, 2002 and the four RBI were a career-high for the senior.
Virginia’s Ryan Zimmerman scored a run on Kyle Werman’s grounder to third to cut the Seminole lead to 6-1 in the top of the fifth inning.
Martinez-Esteve hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot to left, to move Florida State’s lead back to six at 7-1. The multi-home run game was the first for a Seminole since Drew had two against South Florida on June 2nd in last year’s NCAA Regional.
Drew brought the team’s home run total to four when he came through with a two-run shot over the screen in right in the bottom of the eighth.
Drew led FSU at the plate with three hits and also stole his 19th and 20th bases of the season. Hart, Martinez-Esteve and Matt Sauls each had two hits for the Tribe.
Jeff Kamrath (1-1) took the loss for UVA after surrendering seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. Kamrath struck out seven and walked two.
The series continues Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with FSU junior left-hander Trent Peterson (3-0, 2.03 ERA) set to take the hill against Virginia left-hander Mike Ballard (0-1, 1.76 ERA).