May 16, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 26 Florida State (34-19, 13-8 ACC) scored all six of its runs in the first four innings as the Seminoles went on to complete the sweep of Duke (23-27, 7-14 ACC) by a final score of 6-3 in front of 2,557 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Mark Sauls (5-4) earned the win after allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits in six innings of work. Sauls fanned four batters with two walks. The Seminoles pitching staff only surrendered one hit in the final three innings.
Seniors Matt Sauls and Eddie Cannon turned in strong performances on Senior Day in FSU’s final regular season home game. Sauls tied a career high with three hits while going 3-for-4 and Cannon earned his first-career save as he pitched a perfect final three innings of relief. Cannon had three strikeouts and did not allow a hit.
The Blue Devils opened the game with two runs in the first inning. Senterrio Landrum reached on a fielder’s choice and Tim Layden was walked to put runners on first and second. Landrum and Layden successful executed a double steal while Landrum would score as Aaron Cheesman’s throw to third sailed into left field. Layden later scored from third on Bryan Smith’s RBI-single that give Duke the 2-0 lead.
Florida State took the lead for good at 3-2 with two runs in the second inning. Ryne Malone walked and scored on Matt Sauls double down the left line as he beat out the throw at home plate. Sauls advanced to third on the throw home and came home two batters later on Dennis Anderson’s fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt.
The Seminoles added a run in the third and two in the fourth for their final run total of six. With one out in the third, Cheesman and Malone recorded back-to-back singles and Sauls RBI-single plated Cheesman to make the score 4-2. In the fourth, Zech was walked and came around to score on Drew’s 15th career triple. The triple put Drew second all time on FSU’s career triple list. Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s RBI-groundout plated Drew to give FSU the 6-2 advantage.
In the sixth inning, Adam Murray reached on an error with the bases loaded to score Brian Hernandez to which made the final score of 6-3.
Zach Schreiber (4-4) suffered the loss for the Blue Devils after getting knocked around four six runs (five earned) on seven hits. Schreiber walked three with one strikeout in four innings of work.
Sauls (3-for-4) and Drew (3-for-5) had the hot bats for the Seminoles while Sauls also added two RBI in the win.
Florida State will conclude the 2004 regular season with a three-game ACC series at Wake Forest this week. Game times are set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 20-22, at 1:30 p.m. The Seminoles will leave directly from Winston-Salem, N.C. for the ACC Tournament in Salem, Va., May 25-30.