April 12, 2006
Jacksonville, FL – The second-ranked FSU baseball team continued its win streak versus Jacksonville Wednesday night. The Seminoles downed JU 10-1 Wednesday night notching their 16th straight victory in the series. FSU (32-4) capitalized on four JU errors by scoring four unearned runs and Michael Hyde improved to 7-0 with a strong six inning performance. Florida State had double digit hits for the second straight time versus the Dolphins and scored more runs than they did in the first two meetings combined.
“We got fortunate early,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin of the JU miscues. “We pounded some balls into the ground and got base hits out of them. We got some quality at bats and I was just very pleased with the way we played tonight.”
“The best thing in the world for a pitcher is to pitch with the lead and I have been fortunate enough this year to pitch in front of a great offense,” said Hyde when asked about FSU getting out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. “You know these guys are going to get runs for you. In the top of the first inning we came out and got some runs and that is great support for me.”
Hyde won his third straight game as he had an impressive outing. The junior allowed just six hits and struck out five Dolphin batters. He issued just two walks and threw 94 pitches. Brian Chambers, Jimmy Marshall and Matt DiBlasi each pitched in relief and neither gave up a run.
“I was able to get ahead with my fastball early,” said Hyde of his performance. “That was one thing I worked on before the last time I faced this team. I just knew I had to better tonight because they would be better tonight. I feel really confident in my pitching right now. It is coming along. I struggled for a little while but I am getting back on top of things and feel better.”
“Michael Hyde did a good job as did the bullpen,” said Martin. “Michael has been battling for the third spot in the rotation all year and he has pitched very well his last two outings versus JU.”
Offensively Jack Rye and Shane Robinson had multi-hit games as Robinson extended his hit streak to 23 games. Robinson recorded his first three hit game since March 4 as he went 3-for-6 on the night. FSU’s 1-4 hitters recorded all seven RBIs. Robinson, Buster Posey and Ryne Malone each drove in two runs and Jack Rye drove in another. It was the 10th multi-RBI game of the season for Posey, tied for the second-most on the team. All 11 of FSU’s hits in the game were singles marking the second time in the last four games FSU has singled 10 or more times in a game.
It didn’t take long for Robinson to extend his hit streak to 23-games as he singled the first pitch of the game off JU starter Donald Brickle (0-2). Rye then sent the second pitch of the game to the right side for a base hit. The single moved Robinson to third and Rye moved to second as the Dolphins tried to throw out Robinson on the play. Brickle got the first out on a grounder to third but Ryne Malone cashed in on a 0-2 pitch that he lined into right field plating both runners as FSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
JU tried to answer in the bottom of the first off of Michael Hyde (7-0). A one-out single and a stolen base put a runner in scoring position but the Dolphins were unable to plate the run.
Charles Cleveland chopped a one-out single up the middle to start the second and then moved up a base on a balk. Danny Diaz drew a walk to bring the top of the FSU back up to the plate. An error on the next play loaded the bases up. Brickle lost Rye on a 3-1 pitch to force in a run as the lead grew to 3-0. Posey then chopped a ball down to third that went right past the third baseman allowing two more runs to score on the second error of the frame. With two runners in scoring position Tony Thomas, Jr. looked like he was going to increase the lead as he ripped a ball to third base. Daniel Murphy climbed the ladder and snagged the liner saving to more runs and ending the top half of the second.
Jacksonville got on the board in the second as they were aided by the first FSU error of the game. After a single, Hyde threw away a ball to first that allowed the JU runner to make it all the way to third. The run then came in on a ground out making it a 5-1 ball game.
Diaz drew his second walk to lead off the fourth. After Brickle got the next two hitters, JU picked Diaz off but the throw to second base sailed into the outfield allowing Diaz to reach safely. FSU made JU pay for the mistake once again as Posey singled the run in for the sixth run, four of which were been unearned.
Diaz got on base for the third straight time as he singled to start the sixth. Robinson followed with a base knock to put runners on first and second with nobody away. Justin Young, the second JU pitcher of the night, got the first out on a K. A ground ball accounted for the second out and with runners on the corners a walk to Malone loaded the bases once again. New JU hurler Aaron Parvey ended the threat on a fly out to right.
Hyde opened the bottom of the seventh by giving up back-to-back base hits as he neared 100 pitches on the night. That brought Brian Chambers into the game to try and protect the FSU lead. Chambers got the first hitter he faced to ground into a double play, the second for FSU in the game. Then a fly ball out ended the frame with no damage done.
The Seminoles tacked on two more runs in the ninth as they loaded the bases with just one away. Robinson cashed in with a two-run single to make it a 9-1 game. Posey sacrificed the 10th run home.
Florida State opens a huge series with 14th-ranked Miami (24-12, 9-6) at home Friday night. The series will be a battle between the two teams sitting atop the ACC’s Atlantic and Coastal Divisions. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Saturday the teams will square of at 7:00 p.m. on FSN Florida and Sunday’s finale will be broadcast by SUN Sports and is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.