Feb. 15, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (7-1) scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat Evansville (0-2) by a final score of 14-3 in front of 3,751 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Saturday afternoon. Freshman right-hander Mark Sauls struck out a career-high eight batters and improved to 2-0 on the season after giving up two runs over five innings in his second career start. All-American catcher Tony Richie paced the Seminoles offensively, going 2-for-4 with a homer and a career-high five RBI.
The Aces took their first lead of the series with a run in the top of the first. Mike Serafini tripled to center field and later scored on Luke Miller’s single to right.
The lead did not last long as the Seminoles answered with five runs in the bottom of the first. After a Stephen Drew single and a Tony McQuade walk, Richie put FSU up for good with a three-run homer to left center. Derrick Smith added a sacrifice fly and Aaron Cheesman made it 5-1 with an RBI-single to left.
After Evansville’s Eric Jones cut the Seminole lead to 5-2 with a homer in the top of the fourth inning, FSU put up three more in the bottom half of the fourth to push the lead to 8-2. After walks to Cheesman, McQuade and Martinez-Esteve, Richie picked up two more RBI with a single – the only hit of the inning. Martinez-Esteve then scored on a passed ball.
FSU scored a single run in the fifth, four runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth while Evansville scored one in the ninth to make the final 14-3.
Evansville starter Andrew Arreola took the loss after giving up nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits over six innings. Reliever Mitch Prout surrendered five runs on five hits in two innings.
The Seminoles will try for the sweep as the series wraps up Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU left-hander Trent Peterson (0-0, 3.68 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound.