May 9, 2004
Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer and Bryan Zech added a two-run double to lead No. 24 Florida State (31-18, 10-8 ACC) to a 4-1 victory over No. 7 Virginia (37-11, 15-6 ACC) in front of 2,241 fans at Davenport Field Sunday afternoon. After winning Friday’s game and dropping Saturday’s contest, FSU took the rubber match behind a strong performance by starter Mark Sauls. The Seminoles have now won back-to-back road series against ranked ACC opponents.
“That was a great baseball game,” said Florida State head coach Mike Martin. “As a coach, you look at that game as one you are fortunate to win against what I consider to be one of the best baseball teams we’ve played this year.”
Sophomore right-hander Mark Sauls (4-4) made an impressive return to the weekend rotation as he worked six innings and gave up just one run on six hits. Lynch finished off the Cavs with three scoreless innings as he didn’t allow a hit and struck out four to pick up his third save of the season.
“Mark Sauls pitched a great ballgame,” said Martin. “That was a big lift for our ball club. Kevin Lynch pitched three perfect innings and he is a guy who just enjoys being in these types of situations.”
Drew started the scoring for Florida State with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. The homer was Drew’s 12th of the season and came with Zech aboard after a leadoff double.
UVa cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Matt Dunn and Tom Hagan drew walks to put runners on first and second. Scott Headd followed with a bloop single to right to plate Dunn and make it 2-1.
In the top of the seventh, the Seminoles added to the lead on a two-run double by Zech with two outs. Ryne Malone reached on an infield single, Matt Sauls walked and both runners moved up on Dennis Anderson’s sacrifice bunt. Zech then ripped a double just inside the third base bag to put FSU up 4-1.
UVa starter Joe Koshansky (7-2) allowed four runs on six hits in 6.2 innings in the loss. Reliever Casey Lambert didn’t allow a run over the final 2.1 innings.
Up next for the Seminoles is a Wednesday contest at Florida. First pitch is schedule for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. FSU wraps up the regular season at home against Duke next weekend and on the road at Wake Forest in two weeks before traveling to Salem, VA for the ACC Tournament (May 25-30).