March 26, 2005
Durham, NC – The streak is at 36. For the 14th time during “the streak” Shane Robinson ended the suspense early as he opened the first game of the Saturday’s doubleheader with Duke by lining a double down the right field line. It was the 10th time during the streak Robinson’s first hit was a two-bagger and it set the stage for the Seminoles’ (27-4, 5-0) decisive 11-4 victory. Florida State put up its first three home run game of the season as Jack Rye, Brant Peacher and Ryne Jernigan all went yard upping the team’s HR total to 16. The win was FSU’s 14th straight versus the Blue Devils (8-19, 0-8) and clinched the ACC series victory for Florida State.
Brant Peacher had a huge day for FSU going 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. He tied single game career highs for runs scored, hits and homers. Aaron Cheesman had a three-RBI day as well going 2-for-5. Michael Hyde (6-2) picked up the win going 5 2/3 allowing four runs, all earned, and five hits. He struck out four and issued three walks.
Robinson’s double in the first paid off as he moved up to third on a wild pitch. Cheesman then singled to short driving Robinson home. Cheesman, who ended up on second due to an errant throw on his infield single, moved over another base on a Jack Rye ground out but FSU couldn’t plate the second run of the inning.
Hyde got into trouble in the third with FSU leading 1-0. After issuing a lead off walk for the second straight inning, an infield single put two runners aboard. Hyde got the second out on a fly to right but he couldn’t get out of the inning unscathed as DH Cody Wheeler went yard. The three-run shot over the left field wall was the first of the freshman’s collegiate career.
The Seminoles answered with a two-out rally in the top of the fourth. Two singles, sandwiched around a hit by pitch, loaded the bases for Bryan Henry. The sophomore tied the game as he sent a single through the right side of the infield driving in two runs. Robinson then drove an RBI single through the other side of the Duke infield plating his 25th RBI of the season and breaking the 3-3 tie.
Despite the cold weather, the FSU bats stayed hot in the fifth. Rye put FSU in front 5-3 when he hit the first homer of his collegiate career dropping a solo shot over the wall down the right field line. Ryne Malone looped a shot into center and then swiped second. Peacher then came through as he drove a shot into left field plating Malone with the sixth run of the game for FSU. That hit drove Duke starter Danny Otero (3-5) out of the game.
Tony Thomas, Jr. started the sixth with another FSU extra base hit as he doubled to right center. Henry sacrificed him over to third. Robinson, looking for his third hit, got plunked and swiped second as both runners moved into scoring position. Cheesman then brought them both home dropping a two-out, two-run single into center field. It was the fourth and fifth two-out RBI for the Seminoles in the game.
The Blue Devils tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth. Hyde put the leadoff runner on for the third time when he hit Brett Bartles. A single and a throw to third put two runners on scoring position with just one away. Hyde got the second out before uncorking a wild pitch allowing the runners to move up while cutting the FSU lead to 8-4. A two-out walk put runners on the corners and brought Matt DiBlasi into the game for the Seminoles. Just like he did Friday, the junior closed the inning and ended the threat with a K.
Florida State went right back to work in the top of the seventh. Malone drew a walk to lead things off and then Peacher came up looking to continue his career day. The sophomore did just that when he hit his first home run of the year. The shot over the left field fence boosted the FSU lead to 10-4.
Jernigan then put an exclamation point on the win with a solo homer, the second of his FSU career, in t he top of the ninth.
Florida State will complete its series with Duke this afternoon. Game Tracker will be available for the contest along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com. The expected pitching match-up are Mark Sauls (3-0, 0.77) versus David Torcise (1-4, 6.25).