Feb. 29, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 22 Florida State (9-4) used a three-run seventh inning to defeat UNC Asheville (3-5) by a final score of 4-1 in front of 2,548 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Brian Schultz (1-0) picked up his first-career win as he pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks, while Tyler Chambliss returned to earn his first-career in the ninth inning. Aaron Cheesman led the Seminole offense going 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Gibbs Chapman each had two-RBI on the day.
FSU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on Martinez-Esteve’s RBI-double down the left line. With two outs, Stephen Drew walked and stole second before Martinez-Esteve’s double plated Drew for the early lead.
UNCA tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth on Matt Roberts RBI-single. Ben Padgett singled and moved to second as David Williams drew a walk. With two runners on, Roberts single off the wall in right center scored Padgett from second for the tying run.
The Seminoles took the lead for good with three runs in the seventh. Cheesman singled through the right side, Matt Sauls walked and Shane Robinson was hit by pitch to load the bases with no outs to start the inning. Cheesman and Sauls then scored as Chapman ripped a two-run single into right field in what turned out to be the game winning hit. Robinson later scored the third run of the inning on Martinez-Esteve’s sacrifice fly to right to make the final score of 4-1.
Mark Sauls received a no decision after holding the Bulldogs to one run on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk in five innings of work. Dave Williams took the loss for UNC Asheville as he allowed three runs on two hits in the final three innings. Williams also struck out four and walked three.
Drew went 1-for-1 on the day with three walks, a stolen base and a run scored.
Florida State will travel to Minneapolis, MN next weekend, March 5-7, to play in the Dairy Queen Classic in the Metrodome hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Seminoles will play Nebraska on Friday at 1:15 p.m.ET, West Virginia on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET and Minnesota on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.