March 5, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – The sixth-ranked FSU baseball team continued to flex its offensive muscle Sunday. For the third straight game the Seminoles (14-1) scored double digit runs as they beat Brown (0-3) by a score of 15-7 to complete the series sweep. Florida State hit seven homeruns in the series, totaled 21 extra bases, hit .418 and slugged .773 in the set. Brent Marsh (1-0) picked up the win in relief in the finale as FSU upped its win streak to 11 games and has now won 22 straight games at Mike Martin Field. Brown starter Jeff Dietz (0-1) took the loss.
“This weekend was a confidence booster for everyone in our line-up,” said Jack Rye who hit three homers in the series and now leads the squad with six. “This shows how deep we are. Everyone contributed this weekend. Hopefully that will continue as we get ready for ACC play.”
“I am very pleased with this baseball team,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “We got it done today. Our team did not take Brown lightly. Heck, they scored six runs against the guy who beat the number one team in the country just four days ago. I was pleased with the approach we took.”
Florida State once again got a big inning Sunday. On Saturday it was a near record 15 runs in the fifth. Today the Seminoles scored seven in the bottom of the fourth in answering Brown’s six-run top of the inning. FSU drew five walks in the frame, got extra base hits from Shane Robinson and Dennis Guinn and singles from Tony Thomas and Charles Cleveland in reclaiming the lead after the Bears evened the game 6-6.
“We had 15 runs in an inning yesterday and seven today,” said Guinn. “We just came out and they made some mistakes, some bad pitches and we made them pay for it. We did a good job of taking back control of the game.”
Guinn had a monster series for FSU. The reigning ACC Player of the Week hit .667, slugged 1.444, had an on base percentage of .692 and drove in nine runs. He scored five times, had two doubles, a triple and a homerun. He will enter Tuesday night’s game versus Mercer with a streak of 11 straight games with a hit and an RBI.
Guinn wasn’t alone though as Rye was huge for FSU as well. The right fielder not only hit three homeruns and posted a slugging percentage of 1.500 but he drew a team-leading six walks as well. Together Rye and Guinn hit .529 with 11 runs, two doubles, one triple, four homers, 17 RBIs and nine walks.
“This year I am being a lot more aggressive,” said Rye. “I am taking it slow, one at bat at a time. I am looking for my pitch to hit. If they don’t throw it, I am not going to swing.”
After throwing 106 pitches in a win over then-No. 1 Florida Tuesday night, Tyler Chambliss did not factor into the decision Sunday. The junior started a little slow in the first Sunday start of his career throwing five straight balls to open the game. The junior rebounded nicely though with seven strikes in his next eight pitches and getting out of the first inning unscathed.
Robinson then did what he does best as he led off the bottom of the first with a walk, moved to second on a balk and came in on Guinn’s team-leading 22nd RBI.
The Bears threatened to tie the game in the third. After Chambliss retired the first batter, two walks, an infield single and an error loaded the bases with two away in the inning. The Seminole hurler once again got out of the jam and kept FSU in front 1-0.
Robinson reached base again leading off an inning, this time the bottom of the third. The All-American then came trotting home on a two-run blast by Rye, his team-leading sixth of the year. It was the sixth HR of the series up to that point, half of which were hit by Rye. The hits kept coming for FSU as Guinn followed with a single and then moved to third on a Ryne Malone double. Both runners came in on another extra base hit as Buster Posey ripped a triple to deep left center. It was the first triple of Posey’s career.
Brown used the long ball to help its cause in the fourth. After Chambliss put the leadoff runner on for the third time, Brown’s Dan Shapiro hit the first homerun of the season for the Bears. It was just the second homer hit by an FSU opponent and the first allowed all year by a Seminole starting pitcher. The two-run shot narrowed the gap to 6-2. An error and a base hit kept Brown alive in the top of the fourth with runners on the corners and two away. Chambliss’ career-high fifth walk loaded the bases and then a two-run single by Danny Hughes made it a 6-4 ball game. Another walk loaded the bases yet again and ended the day for the FSU starter. Marsh came in and proceeded to give up a two-run single tying the game.
Florida State came right back in the bottom of the fourth. Three walks loaded the bases for Posey as he stepped in against new pitcher Rob Hallberg. Hallberg walked in the lead run making the score 7-6 then Thomas brought in two more on a two-run single as Florida State went back in front 9-6. Cleveland beat out an infield single pushing two more runs home as FSU scored in double digits for the third straight game in the series. Robinson made it a 12-6 game as he tripled for the first time this year driving in Cleveland. Guinn continued his torrid hitting as the sophomore knocked in another run on a double and improved to 3-for-3 on the day.
The homeruns kept coming for FSU in the bottom of the fifth as Ryan McArdle led off the bottom of the inning with the first homer of his FSU career. It was the seventh homer of the series for FSU, which equaled the team’s total through 14 games last season.
In the bottom of the sixth, Cleveland recorded his second hit of the game while Jack Rye and Guinn each drew a walk loading the bases. Malone drove in run number 15 on a sac fly. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh due to travel restrictions.
The Seminoles will host another group of Bears, this time it will be Mercer University. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. This is the first of the “Two For Tuesday” games where $2 will get you a ticket to any regular season Seminole game played on a Tuesday. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with a live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.