March 6, 2004
Minneapolis, MN – No. 22 Florida State (11-4) defeated West Virginia (1-6) by a final score of 11-5 on Saturday afternoon in the Minneapolis Metrodome. Stephen Drew had another impressive outing as he went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, three RBI and a run scored. The Seminoles stole six bases in the game as Shane Robinson and Brandon Manasa each had two. Rhett James (3-0) picked up the win after working 2.2 innings with two unearned runs and two strikeouts. Three Seminoles (Drew, Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Robinson) recorded a multi-hit game.
“This was a good win for us,” said head coach Mike Martin. “This was a win that proves our guys are beginning to understand that they can’t play well one day and then come out and play poorly the next. We played well enough to get it done today.”
FSU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Aaron Cheesman and Brant Peacher both singled and then moved up a base on Bryan Zech’s sacrifice bunt. Matt Sauls’ sacrifice fly to left plated Cheesman and Robinson’s two-out single to left scored Peacher from third.
Martinez-Esteve led off the third inning with a triple to left field and scored on a wild pitch from Moutaineer starter Zac Cline to increase the Seminole lead to 3-0.
Florida State scored in its third straight inning with two more runs in the fourth to push the lead to 5-0. Stephen Drew’s RBI-double to center scored Zech, who reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, advanced to second on Sauls’ single and stole third before coming home. Sauls stole second and third before scoring on Dennis Anderson’s sacrifice fly to center.
West Virginia scored three runs (two earned) in the fifth to cut the Florida State lead to 5-3. After a pair of singles from Jake Serfass and Grant Psomas put runners on first and second, Lee Fritz’s single to left field was misplayed by Derrick Smith and ran all the way to the wall allowing all three to score.
The Seminoles rebounded with two runs in the sixth. Sauls and Ryne Malone both were walked to lead off the inning before Drew’s triple to right center scored both runners. Smith’s groundout to shortstop plated Drew and made it 8-3. Drew’s triple was the 13th of his career and ties him with brother J.D. Drew for third on Florida State’s career triple list.
After the Mountaineers scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, FSU scored three in the seventh and eighth innings for the final score of 11-5. Senior second baseman Bryan Zech hit his first home run of the season in the seventh.
Florida State starter Mark Sauls received a no-decision after working 4.1 innings with three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Sauls sruck out four and walked four on the day.
Zac Cline took the loss for West Virginia after allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts in four innings of work.
FSU will conclude the Dairy Queen classic on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.EST against host Minnesota. Eddie Cannon (4-0, 1.63 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Seminoles.