April 17, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville hung around early but was done in by the
big inning, dropping a 13-4 decision to eighth-ranked Florida State before a
season-high crowd of 1,546 Wednesday night at Alexander Brest Field.
Senior centerfielder Chris Reier (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the way for the
Dolphins, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while senior Chad Oliva (Palm
Beach, Fla.), who made his first start of the season at third base, extended
his hitting streak to five games by going 2-for-4. Junior shortstop Robby
Cichra (Denton, Texas) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Florida State sophomore left-hander Trent Peterson was not as dominant as he
was a week ago when he held the Dolphins to just one run on four hits, but
was effective enough to earn the win, allowing four runs on seven hits in
six innings. Daniel Davidson held JU to one hit over three innings of
JU starter Jason Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) four runs, only two earned, on
five hits in three innings of work. Ryals then gave way to Josh Deel
(Jacksonville, Fla.), who allowed four earned runs, David Simpkins
(Jacksonville, Fla.), who allowed two earned runs and D.J. Kaercher
(Clearwater, Fla.), who allowed three runs, but only one earned. Patrick
Sitkins (North Ft. Myers, Fla.) and Luke Wiegand (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) shut
the Seminoles out in the ninth.
JU scored first on a balk by Peterson in the first, but FSU responded with
four in the second, highlighted by a two-run homer by Tony Richie, who went
2-for-4 on the night with three RBI. After the Dolphins cut the lead to 4-3
in the fifth, the Seminoles exploded for six runs in the sixth, highlighted
by a three-run double by Jerrod Brown.
The Dolphins (19-19) were victimized by five errors for the second-straight
game, which led to four unearned runs. FSU (35-12) claimed the season
series, 3-1, beating JU by the same score it lost by at Alexander Brest
Field on Feb. 24.