April 3, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – Sunday’s series finale between the sixth-ranked Seminoles and Clemson had as much drama in the ninth inning as the previous game where FSU won with a walk-off squeeze bunt. The only difference was the drama in game two had nothing to do with the score. Shane Robinson saw his FSU record 40-game hit streak come to an end in the final at bat of the game as Clemson (15-11, 6-3) avoided a series sweep by downing FSU (29-7, 7-2) 7-3 in Sunday’s second game of the doubleheader.
There wasn’t much drama in the game until the ninth inning. Robinson was 0-for-3 on the day and needed one base runner to reach to get a chance at tying the ACC record with his 41st consecutive game with a hit. Brandon Manasa came up with two outs and quickly fell behind 0-2. The junior scrapped out a base hit giving Robinson one more shot. The super sophomore smoked a ball to right field but Travis Storrer was there to make the out ending Robinson’s run one game short of tying the record held by Rusty Adkins. It was the first time since June 4, 2004 that Robinson was held without a hit.
“The only thought going through my head when I came up in the ninth was `if it was meant to be it was meant to be’,” said Robinson. “I had a chance and I just couldn’t come up with a hit. That is the way baseball is sometimes.”
“The team was doing everything it possibly could to get him to the plate one more time,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “The guy went down swinging. Shane had a good swing. He hit a line drive. We were all sad to see it end. In the 40 years I have been around Florida State baseball and whoever is around for the next 40, they will never again see another 40 game hitting streak. It is an accomplishment. It is the toughest thing to do in all of baseball. To do what Shane did is incredible.”
Robinson received ovations from the stands and a long round of applause inside the locker room after the second game. He was given the ball from his 40th hit, which will eventually be displayed in the Florida State Baseball Tradition Room.
“My team all looked forward to me getting hits up there and getting things going,” said Robinson. “They were so supportive throughout the whole run. For Brandon to come up and get on giving me a chance in the ninth just shows how my teammates looked out for me this whole time. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
The loss was just FSU’s third in the last 18 games versus Clemson. Florida State sophomore Bryan Henry took the loss (1-2, 0-1). He started the game for FSU and gave up three runs in four innings. Clemson’s Robert Rohrbaugh (3-1, 3-0) got the win pitching six strong innings.
“We can’t be down when you win two out of three from a team as good as Clemson,” said Martin. “We are disappointed because we won the first two but you have to give Clemson credit. They are a very good baseball team and they took it to us today. They got the hits when they needed them combined with outstanding pitching. This was a game they thoroughly deserved to win.”
Henry, making the first ACC start of his FSU career, got off to a rocky start in the first. The first batter he faced in the game homered over the right field fence. The sophomore then gave up back-to-back singles before recording the first out on a deep fly that put the runners on the corners. The second out come as Aaron Cheesman threw out the runner trying to swipe second. It was the eighth runner the senior has gunned down of the last nine attempted swipes. Henry then froze the final batter of the inning for his first K.
Florida State answered back in the second. Ryne Malone started it off with a one out single. After recording the second out of the frame, Malone swiped second, Danny Wardell walked and Ryne Jernigan drove the run home on a single through the left side.
The long ball hurt Henry again in the fourth as Kris Harvey hit a two-out solo homer to put the Tigers back in the lead.
Clemson looked to build on its lead in the top of the fifth as back-to-back singles put runners on the corners driving Henry from the game. Hunter Jones came in to try and keep FSU within a run. The senior recorded the first two outs of the inning on a double play but the run from third did come in putting the Clemson lead at 3-1. Jones gave up two hits to the next two batters once again putting runners on the corner this time with two away. Jones hit the next batter to load the bases but a line out to Jernigan on a diving stab ended the top of the fifth.
Already up 3-1, the Tigers threatened again in the sixth as they tried to put together a two-out rally. Back-to-back singles left CU with a runner on first and third and this time Clemson took advantage. The Tigers 13th hit of the game extended the lead to 4-1. Jones walked the next batter loading the bases and bringing Brian Chambers into the game. The sophomore gave up a single through the left side bolstering the lead to 6-1 and ending his day. Trent Jarvis came in for FSU and hit the first batter he faced to load the bases once again. An infield single boosted the lead to 7-1 and kept the sacks full of Tigers. That brought bases loaded specialist Kevin Lynch into the game and as he has done in six of seven occasions, he came into a bases loaded jam and did not allow a run to score.
The Seminoles chipped away at the lead in the sixth. Brant Peacher ripped a one out single up the middle and made it to third on Malone’s double to left, his third hit of the game. Tony Thomas, Jr. then grounded out driving in FSU’s second run. Danny Wardell drove in the Seminoles’ third run of the game on another FSU double cutting the lead to 7-3. A walk put Jernigan on first but Rohrbaugh got out of the inning on
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