April 16, 2004
Coral Gables, Fla. – No. 14 Florida State (25-12, 6-3 ACC) was shut out by No. 4 Miami (27-7) for the second straight game by a final score of 10-0 as 4,621 fans looked on at Mark Light Field Friday night. Leading 1-0 after four innings of play, UM took control with eight runs in the fifth inning en route to the 10-0 victory. Hurricane starter J.D. Cockroft (3-3) earned the win after pitching 7.0 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and five walks. Eddie Cannon (7-3) suffered the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.
“The University of Miami did an outstanding job tonight,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They did it without two starters and obviously dominated us. We didn’t give them anything, we just got whipped.”
The Hurricanes scored first with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Jon Jay recorded Miami’s first hit of the game to left center and advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt from Adam Ricks and a groundout by Brian Barton. Jim Burt’s RBI-single to right plated Jay for the early 1-0 lead.
UM broke the game open with an eight-run fifth inning to make the score 9-0. Richard Giannotti led off the fifth with a homer to right to start the scoring. Ricks, Gaby Sanchez, Brendan Katin and Giannotti each had RBI-singles. Brian Barton plated another run with a grounder to third and Burt knocked in a pair with a double down the left field line.
Miami added another run in the sixth for the final score of 10-0. Barton’s RBI-groundout scored Jay from third for the Hurricanes’ final run of the game.
Friday night’s 10-0 defeat coupled with last Sunday’s 4-0 UM victory in Tallahassee marked just the third set of back-to-back shutouts in FSU history. The last time the Seminoles were held scoreless in consecutive games was at Clemson in 1992, losing 12-0 on March 28 and 14-0 in March 29.
Florida State and Miami will continue the three-game series on Saturday at Mark Light Field. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised by Sunshine Network. Seminole right-hander Mark Sauls (3-2, 3.91 ERA) will face Hurricane right-hander Cesar Carrillo (5-0, 3.19 ERA).