March 10, 2005 - by
Seminoles Win 13th Straight Game With 9-1 Win Over Hawaii Pacific

March 10, 2005



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    Honolulu, HI – The Seminoles just keep on winning during their spring break trek through Hawaii. Playing in their third different stadium, in their third different city and on their second different island, the FSU baseball team keeps producing the same results. With Wednesday night’s 9-1 win over Hawai’i Pacific (8-6), the third-ranked Seminoles extended their win streak to 13 games and improved to 6-0 in Hawai’i. Mark Sauls (2-0) picked up the win and Ruairi O’Connor hit a three-run, pinch hit homer as FSU moved to 21-1 on the year. Shane Robinson recorded two more hits as he upped his hitting streak to 27 games, tying Luis Alicea for the fifth-longest streak in school history.

    Sauls, making his first start since February 4 against VMI, had a strong outing. The junior went 5 2/3 and allowed just two hits and two walks to go along with one strikeout. It was the longest outing of the season for Sauls. Four other pitchers saw action for FSU but no reliever played a bigger role in the win than Kevin Lynch who came in to get a crucial third out with the bases loaded in a 1-0 game.

    O’Connor’s home run was the biggest hit of the game as the three-run shot was the first FSU homer since Gibbs Chapman’s two homer game versus Appalachian State February 27. Speaking of Chapman, the senior went 2-for-3 with a run scored, two RBIs, including the game-winner, and a triple versus the Sea Warriors.

    After a quiet first, HPU started the bottom of the second with a leadoff double down the right field line. The Sea Warriors came close to getting on the board with the next batter but Charles Cleveland climbed the ladder at third to snare a line drive and hold the runner at second with one away. Sauls followed with his first walk of the game but a 5-4-3 double play ended the inning.

    With six games coming up in three days, the Sea Warriors came into the game planning to use each pitcher sparingly and in the third, HPU already made a move to the bullpen bringing in left-hander Anthony Ganigan. The freshman pitcher walked the second batter he faced putting Tony Thomas, Jr. on base with his 18th walk of the year, second on the team. Robinson then got hit by a pitch for the second time in the game putting runners on first and second but Ganigan closed down the threat.

    The third Sea Warrior pitcher of the night kept the HPU no-hitter going through 4 2/3 before Thomas broke it up with a sharply hit single to left. Robinson followed with a shot to the warning track in front of the 365 foot sign in left center but the drive did not fall in ending the top of the fifth.

    Chapman led off the sixth with the second Seminole hit of the night. Hawaii Pacific’s third pitcher of the night, Pierce Manglallan (2-1), got the next two outs before giving up an RBI single to Brant Peacher. The RBI was the fourth of the year for the DH and scored Chapman who moved up to second with his 12 steal of the season.

    Sauls got into trouble in the bottom of the sixth giving up a walk and a single to put runners on first and second. After a fly out, FSU brought Trent Jarvis into the game and the reliever faced just one batter who he walked. The Seminoles went back to the pen and Lynch came in and closed the threat down facing just one batter and leaving the bases full with a strikeout.

    In the seventh, Ryne Jernigan started things off with a walk and a steal bringing up Robinson with one out in the inning. The sophomore extended his hitting streak to 27 with an infield chopper over the pitcher’s outstretched glove. It was the fourth time in 2005 that Robinson extended his streak with a seventh inning hit. Chapman then extended the lead to 2-0 with a sac fly to deep straight away center field. It was Chapman’s team-leading 25th RBI. After an intentional walk to Aaron Cheesman and an HPU pitching change, O’Connor recorded FSU’s first pinch hit homer of the year. The freshman sent a deep shot into the stands in left field for the second home run of his career. He is second on the team in homers and just the second Seminole to have more than one HR on the year.

    The Sea Warriors broke up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh. After a walk and a single to start the inning, a double play left HPU with a runner on third and two outs but an infield hit to second brought the run home.

    Florida State tacked on two more runs in the eighth. Back-to-back walks and a passed ball moved two runners into scoring position for Robinson who recorded another infield single driving in two runs, one coming home on a throwing error at first. Chapman then brought Robinson home with a triple to deep center field as FSU went up 8-1.

    The Seminoles put up their final run in the ninth thanks to an error on a Brandon Manasa infield hit and a sacrifice fly for Bryan Henry.

    The Seminoles will complete their Hawaii trip with a three-game series beginning Thursday versus the University of Hawaii (9-8). First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 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. Sophomore Michael Hyde (4-1, 1.78) 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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