June 12, 2004
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Florida State (45-23) lost another two-run game to Arkansas (45-22) in front of a Baum Stadium record crowd of 10,027 Saturday night as the Razorbacks won the Super Regional and earned a trip to the College World Series. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Seminoles got two runners on but could only score one in a 4-2. Eddie Cannon (9-7) pitched well in the loss, allowing just two earned runs in 8.1 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
Jake Dugger got the Razorbacks on the scoreboard first when he led off the game with a solo home run to left.
FSU got a run in the bottom of the second to tie things up. Aaron Cheesman led off with a triple down the line in right field and came home on Matt Sauls’ single up the middle.
Arkansas took advantage of three Seminole errors for three runs (two unearned) in the third to gain a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish. After Devin Day doubled and moved to third on a failed pick-off attempt, FSU center fielder Shane Robinson couldn’t haul in a fly ball off the bat of Scott Bridges. With Bridges on third after Robinson’s error, Dugger followed with an RBI-single. Dugger moved around to third on two groundouts and then scored on a base hit to left by Scott Hode.
The Seminoles put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth after Shane Robinson doubled and Bryan Zech reached on an error. Stephen Drew laced a line drive to left for the second out and Robinson tagged from third to make it 4-2. Arkansas closer Jay Sawatski struck out Eddy Martinez-Esteve to end the game and pick up his seventh save of the season.
Cheesman and Gibbs Chapman led FSU offensively with two hits apiece. Florida State out-hit Arkansas 9-6 in the loss, but left a total of 10 runners on base.