May 2, 2004
Clemson, S.C. – No. 24 Florida State (29-16, 8-6 ACC) scored seven runs in the final four innings to defeat No. 11 Clemson (27-16, 11-6 ACC) by a final score of 10-1 in front of 2,900 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In his first-career start, freshman Brian Schultz (5-0) pitched brilliantly and used a strong Seminole defense to put the clamps on the Tiger offense. Schultz worked a season-long 6.1 innings and allowed just one run on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. The Tigers only had seven base runners on the afternoon. FSU has now won 13 of the last 14 meetings against CU including five straight in Clemson, S.C.
The Tigers scored their only run in the bottom of the second inning. Lou Santangelo led off the inning with a single to right center and stole second before scoring on Russell Triplett’s RBI-single up the middle for the 1-0 lead.
FSU tied the game at one apiece in the top of the third. With one out, Matt Sauls and Dennis Anderson both singled through the left side to put runners on first and second. Sauls then scored on a throwing error by second baseman Travis Storrer as Clemson failed to turn the 6-4-3 double play.
In the fourth inning, Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Aaron Cheesman each recorded singles to start the inning and moved up a base on Gibbs Chapman’s sacrifice bunt. Shane Robinson’s two-run double into the left center gap plated both runners to give Florida State a two run lead at 3-1.
The Seminoles added a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings to make the score 5-1. Martinez-Esteve doubled down the left line, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cheesman and scored on Chapman’s RBI-single up the middle. In the seventh, Ryne Malone recorded a pinch hit single and Sauls was walked to put runners on. Anderson’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base before Bryan Zech’s sacrifice fly to right plated Malone from third.
After Martinez-Esteve led of the eighth with a single into left center, Cheesman hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot over the fence in left to push FSU’s lead to 7-1.
FSU capped off its scoring on Drew’s 11th home run of the season, a three-run blast to right which made the final score of
Martinez-Esteve (3-for-5) and Aaron Cheesman led the Seminoles offensively. Martinez-Esteve scored three runs while Drew recorded a team-high three RBI.
Robert Rohrbaugh (3-3) took the loss for Clemson after allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work. Rohrbaugh struck out one and did not walk a batter.
Florida State and Clemson will conclude the three-game ACC series on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Seminole right-hander Eddie Cannon (7-4, 3.87 ERA) will take the mound for the Seminoles.