March 7, 2004
Minneapolis, MN – No. 22 Florida State (11-5) fell to Minnesota (4-4) by a final score of 6-1 on Saturday afternoon in the Minneapolis Metrodome as 3,005 looked on. Minnesota went 3-0 over the weekend to take the Dairy Queen Classic Championship. The Seminoles finished 2-1, defeating Nebraska and West Virginia.
“Minnesota dominated us today,” said head coach Mike Martin. “You have to give them credit because they outplayed us in every aspect of the game. Their pitchers did an outstanding job. They allowed two runs in the last two games of the tournament.”
The Golden Gophers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Sam Steidl singled and later moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt from pitcher Eddie Cannon. Mike Mee’s single to right plated Steidl for the games first run.
FSU answered with a run in the top of the second to tie the game at one. Derrick Smith and Bryan Zech both singled with one out to put runners on first and second and Ryne Malone’s RBI-single to right plated Smith from second to make it 1-1.
Minnesota broke the game open in the bottom of the second with four runs. Steidl’s two-run single and Tony Leseman’s two-run double to left center put the Golden Gophers up 5-1. Minnesota added another run in the seventh to complete the scoring at 6-1.
Golden Gopher starter Matt Loberg (1-0) got the win after allowing one run on six hits over seven innings. Loberg walked one and struck out three.
FSU starter Eddie Cannon (4-1) took his first loss of the season. Cannon gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, struck out six and walked two.
Four Seminoles were named to the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament team. Shortstop Stephen Drew, catcher Aaron Cheesman, right fielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve and second baseman Bryan Zech represented Florida State on the team. Steidl was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee for a pair of mid-week games (Tuesday against Illinois State and Wednesday versus Butler). Both games are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.