March 6, 2005
“What Shane is doing right now is similar to what J.D Drew did in 1997 with his 34 game streak,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “Right now Shane is doing everything other than hitting home runs and he is carrying the ball club.”
Jones survived a rocky start to pitch all seven innings of the first game of the DH. He ended up striking out seven, which tied a career high and he did not issue a walk. He allowed seven hits and both runs were earned.
“To get seven innings out of Hunter was crucial because we have only three guys that can throw today,” said Martin. “That will be a big help in game two coming up.”
Robinson didn’t wait long to extend his hitting streak as he led off the first inning with a single to right and then swiped his 18th base of the year. Chapman then reached when his sac bunt was mishandled. The left fielder then swiped second to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out but FSU couldn’t cash in off starting pitcher Ryan Olszewski.
For the second day in a row, FSU got into a two-out, bases loaded jam in the home half of the first inning. Jones gave up two hits and hit one batter to put Hilo in business. A.J. Satele then broke the scoreless tie with a two-run double into the gap in left.
Olszewski got into trouble himself in the second when his first seven pitches were all balls with a balk sandwiched in to put DH Josh Spivey on second. The UHH hurler then lost Brandon Manasa, making his first start of the year as he got the nod at second. After going 1-0 on the next batter, Olszewski was pulled for Cadian Hendricks (0-1). Bryan Henry sacrificed both runners over putting Seminoles at second and third for the second straight inning. This time FSU was able to plate a run on a Ryne Jernigan ground out. Robinson followed with a single to score FSU’s second run of the inning. It was the 13th multi-hit game of the season for Robinson and his 19th RBI. The All-American candidate then equaled his entire steal total for 2004 when he moved to second on his 19th steal.
After a few quiet innings, Robinson led off the fifth with his third hit of the game, a single to center. It is the sixth three-hit game of the year for the center fielder. Gibbs Chapman then came up with the big hit FSU was looking for as he drove a double into the gap in right scoring Robinson from first. After a Cheesman sac moved Chapman to third, Ryne Malone brought him home with a single to right extending the FSU lead to 4-2.
FSU got a little more breathing room in the top of the sixth. Manasa singled on a bunt down the right field line then Henry followed with a monster double to right scoring Manasa from first with
the Seminoles’ fifth run. The rally came to an end on a great defensive play by left fielder David Chu as he snared a Jernigan fly and gunned Henry down trying to score from third.
The Seminoles complete their five-game set with Hawaii Hilo Monday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST in Hilo, HI. Florida State will then head to the airport and leave for the island of Oahu for four more games. Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.
Due to the time difference, seminoles.com will be the best place to find game stories from the Hawaii trip as soon as the action ends on top of photo galleries both on and off the field. There is only one place to follow the Seminoles as they trek through Hawaii and that is the official website of the Florida State Department of Athletics.