March 12, 2005 - by
Seminoles Take Early Lead But Can’t Hold On In 7-6 Loss To Hawai’i

March 12, 2005




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    Honolulu, HI – After the worst shutout loss in program history Thursday night, it looked like the third-ranked FSU baseball team was ready to prove a point in game two of the series with Hawai’i. The Seminoles scored four runs in the first inning and were up 5-1 in the middle of the fourth but mistakes cost them down the stretch as they let UH (11-8) score five runs in the final three innings, including a walk-off single, in a 7-6 loss. FSU (21-3) committed four errors, struck out 10 times and allowed UH to score seven runs with just two RBIs in the loss. Closer Tyler Chambliss (4-1) gave up two runs, one of which was earned, and suffered his first defeat of the season.

    For the second night in a row, FSU was left with the only consolation from the loss being Shane Robinson’s continued hit streak. The sophomore kept up his hot hitting going 3-for-5 and extending his hit streak to 29 games, which now ranks as the fourth-best streak ever and the third longest since two of the top three are tied at 33.

    Barret Browning, who got the start for Florida State, did not factor into the decision after pitching 3 2/3 while allowing two runs, one of which was unearned, and striking out four with three walks. UH reliever Steven Wright (2-2) picked up the win after a stellar performance in relief of Ricky Bauer. Wright went 6 2/3 while allowing just one run and striking out 10 batters. He issued just two walks and held FSU without a run over the final five innings.

    For the ninth time in 2005, Robinson started the game with a hit. After waiting until the eighth inning last night, he extended his streak to 29 games in the first inning Friday. Gibbs Chapman followed with a single, which put runners on the corners. Bauer then loaded the bases when he plunked Aaron Cheesman. Jack Rye followed with a ground rule double scoring two runs. It was FSU’s third hit of the inning, equaling its total from nine innings Thursday night. After the first out of the inning, Brant Peacher knocked in two more runs with a single through the infield.

    The Seminoles went right back to work in the second with a lead-off single up the middle by Nick Francis. A sac bunt moved the freshman into scoring position and then he moved to third on a wild pitch. Francis was left standing at third though as Bauer came back and got the next two outs.

    For the third straight inning, FSU recorded a hit when Rye blooped a one-out double down the left field line. The freshman ended up 2-for-5 on the night with two RBIs and two runs scored. Ryne Malone then knocked in his 15th RBI of the year on a single into right as FSU went up 5-0.

    Rainbow lead-off hitter Joe Spiers manufactured a run all by himself in the bottom of the third. The freshman from California beat out an infield hit to second. He ten swiped second and third before scoring on a wild pitch by Browning.

    In the top of the fourth, FSU recorded back-to-back one out singles by Francis and Tony Thomas, Jr. off UH reliever Wright, who came into the game with a team-best 0.98 ERA. Robinson got to the ace reliever as well with his 12th double of the season scoring Francis and putting FSU in front 6-1. It was the 16th multi-hit game of the season for Robinson.

    Browning got into his first jam in bottom of the fourth as he gave up two hits and an error at third loaded the bases with one away. A fly out to shallow center accounted for the second out but a passed ball moved all the runners up a base and cut the lead to 6-2. That brought in Kevin Lynch who lost the batter as he came into the game with a 3-1 count and threw a first pitch strike and then a ball to re-load the bases. The senior got a fly ball out to end the Hawai’i threat.

    Robinson tried to help FSU pad its lead in the sixth when he recorded his third hit of the night. He then swiped his 25th base. On the attempted put out, the ball sailed into center field allowing the sophomore to move to third. FSU was unable to bring him home though as two fly ball outs ended the top of the inning.

    The Rainbows didn’t threaten again until the bottom of the seventh when back-to-back two out walks by Lynch put a runner in scoring position. The senior was all but out of the inning before a ground ball error allowed a run to score cutting the lead to 6-3. A wild pitch and a single scored two more runs as UH sliced the lead to 6-5 on three unearned runs.

    Tyler Chambliss relieved Lynch in the bottom of the eighth after the senior tied a season-best with 3 1/3 innings pitched. Chambliss set down the first two batters before an infield error allowed the dangerous Spiers to reach. The freshman swiped his fourth base of the night to get into scoring position. A hard hit shot by catcher Erik Ammon right to second was too hot to handle as the Seminoles’ second straight error allowed UH to tie the game at 6-6.

    After FSU went down 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, UH carried the momentum into the bottom of the frame and used a lead-off walk and a single to put runners on first and second with nobody out as they attempted to secure the series win. FSU recorded the first out on a failed sac but they couldn’t get pinch hitter Jose Castaneda who singled home the game-winning run.

    The Seminoles will complete the series and their trip to Hawaii Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Tallahassee time. Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcasts will be available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com. Game Tracker will also be available for the three-game set. Hunter Jones (3-0, 2.49) is scheduled to throw for FSU.

    Due to the time difference, seminoles.com will be the best place to find game stories from the Hawaii trip as soon as the action ends on top of photo galleries both on and off the field. There is only one place to follow the Seminoles as they trek through Hawaii and that is the official website of the Florida State Department of Athletics.

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