Feb. 11, 2006
Auburn, AL – Despite temperatures that dipped into the low 40’s and a wind chill that made it feel like the low 30’s, the Seminole bats heated up Saturday afternoon in Auburn, AL. After scoring two runs on just two hits Friday night, the sixth-ranked Seminoles warmed up the bats Saturday to the tune of eight runs on nine hits as No. 6 FSU (4-1) evened the series with Auburn (2-3) thanks to a 8-3 victory. Tyler Chambliss picked up his second straight win of the season as a Saturday starter and Auburn’s Brett Butts (0-1) was saddled with the loss. The two teams will play the rubber game Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EST.
“I was very pleased with the way we bounced back today,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “We did the little things it takes to win. We took advantage of Auburn’s mistakes and of course had a good pitching performance from Tyler.”
Chambliss tied a career high with six innings pitched Saturday. The junior walked just two batters and recorded two K’s as well. He threw 91 pitches and allowed only two runs as he improved to 2-0 on the young season.
“I felt good today,” said Chambliss. “I located well and once I got into a good rhythm I cruised until I ran out of gas in the seventh. The defense played well behind me and this was a good win for our team after the loss Friday.”
“Tyler Chambliss pitched his game,” said Martin. “He is going to rely on his breaking pitch because that is his best pitch. We aren’t going to throw it 80 or 90 percent of the time like we did when he was just pitching one inning but we’ll throw that thing.”
After an 0-for-3 day at the plate Friday, Shane Robinson came back with a vengeance Saturday as he reached base all five times he stepped up to the plate. The reigning Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year recorded four hits in a game for the first time in his career. In his first at bat Robinson was hit by a pitch but he followed with three singles and a double on a 4-for-4 day where he scored two runs and knocked in another.
“I thought about the fact I had never had a four hit game last year,” said Robinson. “The coaches always preach not taking an at bat off and that is what I try to do and I happened to get four hits today.”
Dennis Guinn had a big day at the plate as well. The sophomore knocked in a career high three RBIs and scored a run as he went 2-for-4. Mark Gildea recorded an extra base hit and Buster Posey scored two runs and knocked in another. Tony Thomas, Jr. also had a multi-RBI day as he knocked in his sixth and seventh runs of the season.
“We like to force the action and we came out and played our game today,” said Robinson. “We kept battling all day. Auburn is a good team and they fought but we were able to hold them off.”
Just like they did in game one, FSU got on top in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Robinson was hit by a pitch and moved up a base on a wild pitch. A ground out moved him to third and then Posey drove the run in on a grounder to short that was thrown away. Ryne Malone then got on base on a pop up that was lost by the third baseman and fell in right near second base for FSU’s first hit of the inning. Guinn then came up with a big two-out hit as he singled into right field driving Posey in from second.
Auburn cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first thanks to a walk, a passed ball, a wild pitch and a base hit. Andy Bennett’s single up the middle brought Tyler Johnstone in from third after he started the inning by drawing a leadoff walk.
Florida State came right back in the second versus AU starter Butts. Gildea and Robinson recorded back-to-back doubles to extend the FSU lead to 3-1. Robinson moved up to third on a balk and then Jack Rye brought the run home on a sac fly to right field.
The game remained quiet into the top of the fifth. Robinson led off with a single down the left field line but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. After Butts got the next batter, he lost Posey after getting out to a 1-2 count and then he hit Malone. A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position and after falling behind Josh Spivey 3-1, the Tigers intentionally loaded the bases for Guinn. That brought new pitcher Clarence Nicely into the game but Guinn came up with a huge bases loaded single to left field pushing the Seminole lead to 6-1. Thomas then brought everybody else home on a bloop single to centerfield making it an 8-1 FSU cushion. The two RBIs gave Thomas seven on the year, which are the most on the team.
Robinson continued his hot day at the plate slamming a single off of the shin of Nicely. After a stolen base, Rye drew a walk to put a couple runners on with one away. Both runners took off with the pitch and moved up a base on a ground out for the second out of the frame. FSU was unable to plate either runner though as a fly ball out ended the top of the sixth.
Auburn threatened the FSU lead in the seventh. The Tigers led off with three straight singles cutting the FSU lead to 8-2 as Auburn scored for the first time since the first inning. That brought an end to Chambliss’ day as he matched a career-high for the second straight week with six innings pitched. Brian Chambers came in and issued a walk that loaded the bases. Chambers went 3-2 on the next batter before fanning Bruce Edwards and then he ended the inning on a 5-4-3 double play keeping it an 8-2 game.
The Tigers chipped into the lead in the ninth but they could not get any closer than 8-3 as Luke Tucker finished up the game.
The Seminoles and Tigers will conclude their series Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EST. Fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Game Tracker will be available for the contest along with a live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and free online at seminoles.com.
NOTES: Shane Robinson recorded the first four hit game of his FSU career Saturday afternoon…all three starts of Tyler Chambliss’ career have lasted exactly six innings…Dennis Guinn came into Saturday’s game with one career RBI. He tripled that total in just one game…If Florida State wins Sunday, they will not have lost a regular season series to the Tigers since 1974.