May 3, 2003
ATLANTA – Chris Hart had a two-run single to highlight a five run seventh
inning as No. 2 Florida State (39-7-1, 12-4 ACC) to 7-1 win over No. 10
Georgia Tech (32-12, 11-5) on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium in
the resumption of a game suspended on Friday night. The two teams will play
the second game of the series later Saturday evening.
After being halted at 8:01 p.m. on Friday night due to rain and lightning,
the game was resumed at 4:19 p.m. on Saturday afternoon with one out in the
bottom of the third inning and the Seminoles leading, 1-0.
FSU left-hander Daniel Davidson (8-0), who entered the game when it was
resumed in the bottom of the third inning on Saturday, earned the win after
working 5.2 innings and allowing just one run. Starter Trent Peterson worked
2.1 scoreless innings Friday night before leaving when the game was halted.
Eddie Cannon worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game, and trio
of Seminole pitchers held the Yellow Jackets to just four hits.
Florida State scored the game’s only run on Friday in the top of the third
by loading the bases against Tech starter Kyle Bakker with a hit batsman and
two walks. Tony McQuade bounced back to Bakker, but the lefthander threw to
first instead of attempting to force the runner at home, allowing Aaron
Cheesman to score. After an intentional walk to re-load the bases, Bakker
then induced a double-play grounder from Jerrod Brown to end the inning.
The Seminoles extended the lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning with an unearned
run off Tech reliever Aaron Walker. A walk to Tony Richie and a single from
Jarrod Brown put runners on first and second bases with no outs. Blake
Balkcom flew out and Walker appeared to work out of the jam by inducing a
potential double play ground ball from Chris Hart, but third baseman Jake
Hall threw wildly to second base which allowed Richie to score.
The Yellow Jackets broke up the shutout in the bottom of the sixth inning
and cut the lead to 2-1. Tyler Greene legged out a bunt single with one out
and moved to second base on Eric Patterson’s sacrifice bunt. Jake Hall drove
in Greene with a two-out RBI single to center field.
Florida State answered immediately with five runs in the top of the seventh
to take control of the game with a 7-1 lead. Mark Sauls singled and Stephen
Drew followed with a RBI triple to start the inning. Hart drove in two runs
with a single, Balkcom added a RBI double and Brown drove in a run with a
Tech starter Kyle Bakker (7-1) took the loss despite allowing just one run
in three innings and leaving the game when it was suspended Friday night.
The loss for Bakker was his first in 19 starts dating back to April, 26,
2002, and it snapped an 11 decision winning streak.
Georgia Tech and Florida State will continue the three-game series on
Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. FSU LHP Matt Lynch (9-3) will
pitch Saturday night and LHP Trent Peterson (8-1) will come back and pitch