March 12, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (21-2) used a five-run third and a six-run fourth to easily defeat St. Joseph’s (1-8) by a final score of 14-0 as 1,410 fans looked on at Dick Howser Stadium Wednesday evening. All-American catcher Tony Richie led FSU at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Freshman right-hander Glen Simon picked up his second win of the season in as many appearances, working five scoreless innings and striking out five. The Seminole bullpen continued their dominance to secure the shutout, allowing just one hit over the final four frames.
Florida State ran out to a 5-0 lead on four hits in the bottom of the third inning. Matt Sauls led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on Drew’s single to right. Sauls would score the first run of the inning on Tony McQuade’s sacrifice fly to center. Richie and Derrick Smith each had RBI-doubles and Daniel Wardell’s single knocked in another run. Smith scored the final run for the Seminoles on a throwing error.
FSU would add one run in the fifth and two in the eighth for the 14-0 final.
Richie’s three doubles came up one shy of Marshall McDougall’s school record (four against NC State on April 30, 2000).
Five different Seminoles (McQuade, Richie, Matinez-Esteve, Smith and Sauls) knocked in two runs apiece.
Erik Holman took his first loss of the season for the Hawks after allowing eight runs (seven earned), while walking and striking out four in 3.2 innings of work.
Florida State will open ACC play on Friday night against Virginia. The three-game series is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 6:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Senior LHP Matt Lynch (5-0) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Seminoles Friday night.