May 8, 2005
“We were very lucky to win this ballgame today,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “Maryland had the winning run at the plate in the ninth inning against a guy that leads the conference in saves. I think you have to give a lot of credit to Maryland for showing a lot of fight today. We were very fortunate. We were very challenged. Things just happened to go our way today and this weekend.”
The Seminoles got their third straight solid outing from a starting pitcher Sunday as Sauls went seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits. Seminole pitchers allowed just five runs all weekend and the staff ERA was just 1.33. FSU pitchers walked just seven batters and struck out 18 in the three games.
“We did pitch very well this weekend,” said Martin. “All three starters did a good job. They gave us a chance to avoid going to our bullpen too early, which hasn’t always been the case. I was very happy with the way all three starters pitched.”
Shane Robinson once again got things started in the first for FSU as he lined the first pitch of the game back up the middle but two deep fly ball outs to right almost got Terp starter Chris Clem (2-7) out of the inning. Aaron Cheesman then came up with two outs and doubled over the right fielder’s head scoring Robinson from first. It was just the second extra base hit for Cheesman of his last 33 hits.
Jack Rye led off the second with a single and Josh Spivey followed with another hit. Rye tried to make it to third on the infield single but he slipped between second and third and was thrown out at third. A wild pitch moved Spivey to second and Tony Thomas, Jr. drove him home on a double down the left field line making it a 2-0 game. Ryne Malone then added to the two-out rally as he singled up the middle pushing across the third run for FSU.
Florida State added to the lead in the fifth thanks to the Terp killer Gibbs Chapman. The outfielder led the inning off with his seventh his as he doubled down the first base line. Cheesman moved him over to third and then a Wardell sac fly made it a 4-0 game.
The Terrapins broke up the shutout with a two out extra base hit in the bottom of the fifth. Elliot Singletary rocked a two-out double off the wall in left scoring the runner from first and making it a 4-1 game.
Maryland, who avoided sweeps versus Miami and Georgia Tech, tried to do the same to FSU with a ninth inning rally as the Terps put two on with one away versus ace closer Chambliss. After recording the second out on his second K, an infield single loaded the bases bringing the winning run to the plate. A wild pitch cut the lead to 4-2 and moved the tying run into scoring position but Chambliss’ third strike out ended the threat and the game.
Florida State will return home for two midweek games against Stetson. The games will both be played at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Game Tracker will be available for all this year’s games along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.