May 21, 2004
Winston-Salem, NC – No. 22 Florida State (36-19, 15-8 ACC) pounded out a season-high 27 hits en route to an easy 27-3 victory at Wake Forest (17-31), 4-19 ACC) Friday afternoon. All nine Seminole starters had a hit and FSU belted six home runs, including two from Eddy Martinez-Esteve. Bryan Zech recorded a career-high with four hits while Ryne Malone had three hits and was just a single away from the cycle. Starter Eddie Cannon (8-5) earned the win, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings of work.
The scoring started in the top first as the Seminoles took advantage of two Wake Forest errors to plate a pair of runs. Zech singled and eventually scored on a passed ball. Stephen Drew, who had reached on an error, scored when Demon Deacon left fielder Casey Sterk misplayed a fly ball.
After Zech doubled in a run in the second inning, Florida State broke the game open with nine runs on eight hits in the third. The big hits came on a two-run single by Drew and a run-scoring triple by Malone.
Martinez-Esteve continued the scoring barrage with a two-run homer to right in the fourth. Malone followed with a solo home run, his 10th of the season, to make it 15-0 through four innings of play.
Wake finally got on the board in the fifth on Ben Ingold’s RBI-double to right.
In the sixth, Martinez-Esteve launched his second home run of the game to start a seven-run rally. The homer, which cleared the wall in center, was the team-high 16th of the season for Martinez-Esteve. Four more runs crossed the plate after the round-tripper to make it 22-1.
Danny Wardell doubled home Gibbs Chapman in the top of the eighth and Brant Peacher later hit a three-run homer to right. Reliever Kevin Lynch made the most of a pinch-hit appearance as he got into the home run derby with a solo shot to right. The homer was the first of Lynch’s career and the sixth of the game for the Tribe.
Wake added two runs in the ninth to make the final score 27-3.
Zech (4-for-5), Malone (3-for-6), Dennis Anderson (3-for-6), Wardell (2-for-2), Aaron Cheesman (2-for-3), Peacher (2-for-3), Matt Sauls (2-for-4), Shane Robinson (2-for-4) and Martinez-Esteve (2-for-5) were the nine Seminoles with multi-hit games.
The series concludes Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Hooks Stadium. Sophomore Mark Sauls is scheduled to get the start for Florida State. The Seminoles will leave Sunday morning from Winston-Salem, N.C. and head to Salem, VA for the 2004 ACC Tournament.