May 15, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 26 Florida State (33-19, 12-8 ACC) scored seven runs in the first inning to defeat Duke (23-26, 7-13 ACC) by a final score of 10-7 in front of 3,237 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday night. Bryan Zech had a career- high four hits while going 4-for-5 as four Seminoles had multi-hits on the night. Brian Schultz (6-1) earned the win after working five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with one strikeout and two walks. Kevin Lynch notched his fourth save of the season after pitching the final three innings in relief.
Duke scored first with one run in the top of the first. After Javier Socorro reached on an error and back-to-back singles from Senterrio Landrum and Tim Layden to load the bases, Mike Miello grounded into the 6-4-3 double play to bring home Soccorro for the Blue Devils’ first run of the game.
In the bottom half of the first, 11 Seminoles came to the plate en route to a seven run inning to give Florida State a 7-1 lead. Bryan Zech singled through the right side, Stephen Drew was walked and Zech moved to third on an errant throw to second from Duke catcher Brian Hernandez. Drew advanced to second on a wild pitch and Eddy Martinez-Esteve plated both runners with a two-run single to left. Gibbs Chapman’s single up the middle moved Martinez-Esteve up a base before Aaron Cheesman’s sacrifice fly to right scored Martinez-Esteve. Following Ryne Malone’s single that put runners on first and second, Matt Sauls ripped an RBI-double down the left line to bring home Chapman from second. Shane Robinson knocked in two more runs with FSU’s second straight double and Robinson would later score from third for the final run of the inning as Zech reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Blue Devils added a run in the third to make the score 7-2. Jonathan Anderson was walked and advanced to third on Socorro’s single to right. Anderson later scored as Landrum grounded into the 5-4-3 double play.
Martinez-Esteve’s 14th home run of the season, a three-run blast to center in the third, gave the Seminoles an eight run cushion at 10-2.
DU scored two more runs Bryan Smith’s RBI-double scored Mike Miello in the fourth which made the score 10-3. Smith moved up a base on Adam Murray’s single through the left side and later scored on John Berger’s sacrifice fly to center.
Duke scored two runs in the seventh and one in the ninth inning to make the final score of 10-7. Frank Radziwon and Kevin Lynch each walked in a run with the bases loaded to account for the two runs in the seventh, while Smith’s double down the right line plated Layden from second who earlier reached on an error for the final run of the game.
Greg Burke (5-6) took the loss for the Blue Devils after getting shelled for 10 runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and three walks in three innings of work. Kevin Thompson worked the final five innings in scoreless relief.
Zech (4-for-5), Martinez-Esteve (2-for-5), Sauls (2-for-3) and Anderson (2-for-4) paced the Seminole offense that totaled 13 hits on the night. Martinez-Esteve also totaled five RBI on the night.
Florida State and Duke will conclude the three-game ACC series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. It will be “Senior Day” for four Seminoles (Eddie Cannon, Rhett James, Matt Sauls and Bryan Zech). FSU right-hander Mark Sauls (4-4, 5.18 ERA) will face Blue Devil right-hander Zach Schreiber (4-3, 4.40 ERA).