May 7, 2004
Charlottesville, VA – Florida State senior right-hander Rhett James (6-2), making his first career Friday night start, recorded his first career complete game shutout as he led No. 24 Florida State (30-17, 9-7 ACC) to an 8-0 victory at No. 7 Virginia (36-10, 12-5 ACC) on Friday in front of a record crowd of 2,430 at Davenport Field. James scattered four singles on the evening and struck out six while walking two. The complete game shutout was the first for a Seminole pitcher since Matt Lynch accomplished the feat against Jacksonville on May 30, 2003.
The Seminoles got on the board first with two runs in the opening frame. Bryan Zech and Stephen Drew led off with back-to-back singles before Eddy Martinez-Esteve knocked in a run with a double to left. Aaron Cheesman then plated Drew from third with a sacrifice fly to center.
Florida State tacked on three more in the top of the third to extend the lead. With one out, Martinez-Esteve and Cheesman were hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Gibbs Chapman scored Martinez-Esteve with a single up the middle and Cheesman advanced to third. Chapman then took second and Cheesman scored on a delayed double steal. Chapman scored from second on a single by Ryne Malone to make it 5-0.
In the top of the fifth, the Seminoles put up three more runs thanks to four doubles to take an 8-0 advantage. Martinez-Esteve doubled and scored on Chapman’s double. Shane Robinson then doubled down the left field line and Chapman advanced to third. Malone’s double to right to plate Chapman and Robinson later scored on a sacrifice fly from Matt Sauls.
Chapman (3-for-4) and Malone (2-for-3) led FSU with two RBI apiece. Zech and Martinez-Esteve also had multi-hit games.
UVa starter Andrew Dobies (6-2), who came into the game with an ACC-leading ERA of 2.13, surrendered eight runs (all earned) on 10 hits in 4.1 innings of work.
Florida State and Virginia continue the three game series Saturday at 7:00 p.m. FSU left-hander Brian Schultz (5-0, 2.50 ERA) is scheduled to face Cavalier right-hander Matt Avery (4-2, 2.85 ERA).