May 22, 2004
Winston-Salem, N.C. – No. 22 Florida State (37-19, 16-8 ACC) used a four-run eighth inning to finish off the sweep of Wake Forest (17-32, 4-20 ACC) with a 10-6 victory on Saturday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. The Seminoles have swept their final two conference opponents and have now won four straight series. FSU who locked up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament will face NC State on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. in Salem, VA.
Saturday’s game saw three ties and four lead changes before the Tribe pulled away in the eighth inning.
Florida State scored one run in the top of the first on Aaron Cheesman’s RBI single plated Bryan Zech from third who had singled to left to lead off the inning. The Demon Deacons would answer with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead on Brad Scioletti’s two-run double.
Wake Forest added a pair of runs in the second inning to stake a 4-1. A walk, single and hit batsman loaded the bases for Nick Blue. Then, Seminole starter Mark Sauls uncorked a wild pitch to score Doug Riepe from third. Moments later, Blue’s RBI groundout scored Matt Miller.
The Seminoles came back to reclaim the lead in the fourth inning with four runs off Deacon starter Tim Morley. Morley, who did not factor in the decision, lasted six innings, allowed six runs on ten hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
WFU came back again to take the lead again. Riepe’s solo homer tied the game at five. Later in the inning, Matt Antonelli singled home Miller as Wake Forest took a 6-5 lead.
Florida State tied the game at six in the sixth inning on an RBI groundout by Bryan Zech.
Wake Forest had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Deacons put runners on the corners for Scioletti, whose first inning double had given the Deacons their first lead. But this time, Florida State reliever Tyler Chambliss (2-1) got Scioletti to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
It was Florida State’s second of four double plays of the game. The Seminoles turned eight twin killings on the weekend.
That set up the decisive eighth inning. Two singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out for Florida State. With the
infield playing for a play at the plate, Zech hit a slow roller between third base and shortstop. Ingold made the stop and fired home, but the throw was late and Gibbs Chapman scored to give FSU a 7-6 lead.
Moments later, Florida State designated hitter Eddy Martinez-Esteve hit a three-run home run to center fielder off reliever Charlie Mellies (3-3) and just out of the reach of a leaping Matt Miller. It was Martinez-Esteve’s third home run of the series and it gave the Seminoles an insurmountable 10-6 lead.
Wake Forest threatened in the eighth and ninth innings, but grounded
into double plays both times.
The Seminoles will open the ACC Tournament on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. against NC State. The Wolpack are coming off a series win over in-state rival North Carolina this passed weekend.