March 26, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 3 Florida State (26-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat The Citadel (14-10) by a final score of 10-2 in front of 1,844 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Wednesday afternoon. After totaling just 13 hits in the three-game series at NC State, FSU piled up 18 hits on the day – nine of which went for extra bases. Stephen Drew led the way with a 4-for-4 outing while Tony Richie, Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Derrick Smith added three hits apiece.
FSU freshman right-hander Glen Simon (3-0) got the win after allowing two runs on six hits over five innings. Simon struck out five and walked two. Mark Sauls followed Simon with three scoreless innings and Daniel Hodges retired the side in order in the ninth.
The Seminoles used three consecutive extra base hits to lead off the bottom of the first inning and take an early 3-0 lead. Drew doubled and scored on Tony McQuade’s triple to left center. Richie followed with a double down the third base line to plate McQuade and Jerrod Brown’s single to right scored Richie for the third run of the inning.
FSU increased the lead with another run in the second. Drew doubled again, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on McQuade’s sacrifice fly to left to make it 4-0.
The Citadel cut the lead to 4-2 with two runs in the top of the third. Chip Cannon’s two-run double to deep left center scored Matt Matulia and Josh Stackley.
Florida State pushed the lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Drew singled and moved to third on a double by McQuade. Drew scored and McQuade moved to third on a wild pitch and McQuade scored the second run of the inning on an RBI-groundout by Richie. Martinez-Esteve hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to left center, to cap off the scoring.
FSU scored single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth to make the final score 10-2.
Mark Egleton (1-2) took the loss for The Citadel, giving up four runs on six hits in just two innings.
The Seminoles are back at Dick Howser Stadium Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a three-game series against North Carolina. Friday’s game will be televised live by Sunshine Network with LHP Trent Peterson (4-0, 1.55 ERA) getting the start on the hill for the Tribe. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch and Sunday’s game will start at 12:30 p.m.
Trading cards (the second set) will be given out to the first 1,000 fans on Friday night, commemorative ACC Championships pins will be distributed to the first 1,000 on Saturday and a postgame autograph session will be held Sunday.