April 19, 2003
Coral Gables, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (36-6) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead en route to a 6-4 victory over No. 11 Miami (28-9) at Mark Light Stadium Saturday night. The win was FSU’s sixth straight in the series with the Hurricanes and the fifth straight over UM in Coral Gables. Third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve (1-3, 1 HR) and first baseman Jerrod Brown (1-2) each knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Seminoles offensively.
Seminole lefty Matt Lynch (9-2) picked up the victory, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings. He moved into a tie for fifth in school history with his 38th career win. Kevin Lynch worked a scoreless seventh and eighth with three strikeouts to set up save number 10 for Daniel Hodges, who is one appearance away from the FSU career record.
The Seminoles took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first behind Martinez-Esteve’s ninth home run of the season. Stephen Drew led off the inning with a ground rule double that bounced over the center field fence and Martinez-Esteve followed with a two-run shot to left center. Tony McQuade singled through the right side and FSU had runners on first and second when Brown was hit by a pitch. McQuade moved to third on a double steal attempt as Brown was thrown out at second. Blake Balkcom’s RBI-single through the right side plated McQuade for the third run of the inning.
FSU added a run in the second to take a 4-0 lead. Tony Richie’s RBI-single to center scored Bryan Zech from third. Zech reached on a single to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Matt Sauls and a sacrifice fly by Drew before scoring on Richie’s base hit.
Miami narrowed the margin to 4-3 on Adam Ricks’ three-run homer in the third. Gabby Sanchez singled to right, stole second and Danny Figueroa walked to put runners on first and second. With two outs, Ricks’ three-run homer to left cut FSU’s lead to one.
FSU scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the fifth when Richie doubled off the wall in left, moved to third on McQuade’s sacrifice bunt, and came home on Brown’s groundout.
The Hurricanes cut the margin to one run once again on Danny Figueroa’s solo homer to left in the bottom half of the fifth.
Florida State pushed the lead back to two with an insurance run in the seventh. Drew walked, moved to second on a balk and took third on McQuade’s fly ball to center. With two outs, Brown singled to right to plate Drew from third and make it 6-4.
The Seminoles have won five straight games at Mark Light Stadium, the most since a seven-game road winning streak against the Hurricanes from 1966-71. FSU has won six straight in the overall series (dating back to a Sunday win last year in Tallahassee), the most since taking 12 in a row vs. UM from 1966-71.
Vince Bongiovanni (5-3) took the loss for Miami after surrendering four runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings pitched.
The series continues Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with FSU left-hander Daniel Davidson (6-0, 1.40 ERA) scheduled to face UM left-hander Brandon Camardese (5-0, 4.61 ERA). The game will be televised live by Fox Sports Florida.