May 3, 2004
Clemson, S.C. – No. 24 Florida State (29-17, 8-7 ACC) couldn’t overcome an early scoring flurry from No. 11 Clemson (28-16, 12-6 ACC) as it fell by a final score of 18-9 in front of 3,184 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Tigers scored 16 runs in the first three innings to put the Seminoles down early. FSU scored seven runs in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to counter the CU offense. Starter Eddie Cannon (7-5) took the loss after allowing seven runs (three earned) on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. Cannon struck out two and walked one. Florida State used seven different pitchers in the loss.
Brad McCann’s two-run home run over the fence in left, his 11th of the season, put the Tigers up 2-0 in the bottom half of the first inning. The home run marked the first extra base hit of the series for Clemson.
The Seminoles answered with a run in the second inning. Gibbs Chapman led off the inning with a double and later scored as Ryne Malone’s RBI-double sailed over the head of right fielder Kris Harvey to make the score 2-1.
Clemson broke the game open with 11 runs in the second which made the score 13-1. Five runs came with two outs. Russell Triplett, Tony Sipp and Travis Storrer all had RBI singles while John Ingram and Andy D’Alessio each had two RBI. Tyler Colvin led the Tigers with three-RBI on two doubles for Clemson. Ingram’s two-run homer to center highlighted the scoring.
CU added three more runs in the third on Lou Santangelo’s three-run blast down the left field line for a 16-1 lead.
FSU used four straight hits to start the fourth to cut the Clemson lead to 16-5. Aaron Cheesman doubled and scored on Ryne Malone’s RBI-single. Shane Robinson followed with an RBI-single to score Malone. Robinson then stole second and advanced to third on a single by Matt Sauls. Bryan Zech’s two-run double into right center cleared the bases for the fourth and fifth runs of the inning. After Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Chapman both drew walks to load the bases, Zech came home from third on a wild pitch from Tiger reliever Jeff Hahn. With runners still on second and third, Cheesman ripped a two-run double down the left line to cut Clemson’s lead in half at 16-8.
Following a two-run fifth inning for Clemson, the Seminoles scored one run in the seventh for the final score of 18-9. Danny Diaz singled to left center while Malone and Robinson were both walked to load the bases with no outs. Sauls’ sacrifice fly to right plated Diaz for the final run of the game.
Collin Mahoney (1-2) earned the win for the Tigers in relief effort. Mahoney only allowed one hit over the seventh and eighth innings with two strikeouts and one walk.
Zech (2-for-5), Cheesman (2-for-3) and Malone (2-for-4) led FSU offensively.
Florida State returns to action next weekend at Virginia for a three-game ACC series in Charlottesville, VA. Game times are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s game starting at 1:00 p.m.