March 12, 2005
Honolulu, HI – Saturday’s series finale between Florida State and Hawai’i seemed all too familiar to the third-ranked Seminoles. For the second straight day FSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to see the lead evaporate and mistakes cost them the game as UH (12-8) staged it’s second straight come-from-behind victory. The 9-6 Rainbow win completed the three-game sweep for UH marking the first time the Seminoles (21-4) have been swept by a non-conference opponent since Arizona State did it in Tempe in February of 2004. A seven-run fourth inning broke the game open for the Bows. Tyler Chambliss (0-1) was saddled with the loss in relief and Guy McDowell picked up the win (2-0).
Shane Robinson extended his hitting streak to 30 games but three more errors raised the FSU total to eight in the series to go along with 25 strikeouts. The 25 K’s were the most by the FSU batters in any three-game series this season. Unlike yesterday’s game, eight of the nine Hawai’i runs were earned today as FSU starter Hunter Jones was unable to make it out of the fourth inning. It was the second straight game in which an FSU starter was unable to throw four complete.
“As a team we showed up this whole trip ready to play ball,” said Robinson. “We played some teams that were scrappy and ready to get after it. We made too many mistakes. They cost us two or all three of these games versus a good Hawai’i team. They deserve credit for capitalizing on our mistakes. We didn’t take advantage of our chances.”
The first pitch UH starter Justin Costi threw was ripped down the left field line by Robinson for his 13th double of the year. A one out walk to Aaron Cheesman put two runners on base for FSU’s hottest hitter Jack Rye. The freshman lined a single to left scoring Robinson with the first run of the ball game. DH Brant Peacher followed with a single of his own to load the bases. A four pitch walk to Danny Wardell made it a 2-0 game with the bases still juiced.
Ryne Jernigan led off the second with a bunt single and moved to second on a throwing error. Francis sacrificed Jernigan to third and Costi walked Robinson to put runners on the corners. Gibbs Chapman sacrificed the third run of the game home for FSU and Cheesman followed with the team’s fifth hit of the game. The Seminole’s scored their fourth run on a Jack Rye single past a diving first baseman as FSU broke out to a 4-0 lead for the second day in a row.
Jones gave up his first hit of the game in the bottom of the second and then walked a Rainbow hitter but UH couldn’t advance the runners on a pop out to second and a foul out to the catcher.
Hawai’i got on the board off FSU starter Jones in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a lead-off double followed by an RBI single. An error in the outfield put the batter in scoring position as UH looked to stage another comeback. A wild pitch moved the Rainbow base runner to third and then the second double of the inning brought the run in and halved the FSU lead at 4-2. The lead shrunk to 4-3 on the third two-base hit of the frame. The third double ended Jones’ day and brought Brian Schultz into the game. The new Seminole hurler couldn’t stop the Bows from recording their fifth straight hit of the inning as another single put runners on the corners. Schultz hit the next batter as things got worse for the Seminoles with bases loaded and still nobody out in the inning. Jose Castaneda, the hero from last night became the hero Saturday as he cleared the bases with one swing. The grand slam was the first of the season for UH and now both of the team’s home runs have come off FSU pitching.
In the top of the fifth, FSU got a run back via a walk and a two-out double by Bryan Henry. The RBI extra base hit cut the UH lead to 7-5. Jernigan kept the two-out rally going as he also doubled into the gap in right this time scoring Henry as the lead shrunk to 7-6.
Pinch hitter Ryne Malone led off the seventh with a walk and Danny Wardell followed with a free pass of his own as FSU tried to wrestle the lead back off UH reliever Guy McDowell (1-0). That brought new pitcher Darrell Fisherbaugh into the game who promptly got the first out on a fielder’s choice at second base. He then ended the would-be rally by getting Ryne Jernigan to ground into an inning ending double play.
An infield single by Joe Spiers and a sacrifice put a runner in scoring position for the Bows. That signaled the end of Schultz’s (0-1) day as Matt DiBlasi came into the game. The junior gave up a hit to the first batter he faced and the ball skidded by the glove of right fielder Ruairi O’Connor for a two-base error that boosted the UH lead to 8-6. Another single got the Rainbow’s ninth run of the day home.
Pinch hitter Brandon Manasa drew a lead-off walk in the eighth but the top of the FSU batting order couldn’t come through as the No. 1 and No. 2 hitters each watched strike three.
Florida State got in more trouble in the bottom of the eighth. After new Trent Jarvis recorded the first two outs he gave up a walk and then allowed the runner to move to third on two wild pitches. That brought Henry onto the hill. Hawaii tried a double steal to score the run from third but he was pegged at home keeping the score 9-6.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee to open conference play versus Virginia Tech Friday, March 18. The game is slated for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch and it will be carried live on Sun Sports. Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcasts will be available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com. Game Tracker will also be available for the three-game set.