April 24, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 12 Florida State (27-15, 6-5 ACC) dropped its second straight contest to Georgia Tech (24-17, 6-5 ACC) by a final score of 12-2 in front of 5,276 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday night. Mark Sauls (3-4) took the loss after allowing nine runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings. Sauls struck out two and walked four. Ryne Malone (2-for-4) was the only spark for a Seminole offense that totaled six hits on the night. With the loss, FSU will lose its first home ACC series since 1995 when North Carolina came into Tallahassee and defeated the Seminoles 2-3, 13-1, 3-5.
The Yellow Jackets opened up with four runs on two hits in the top of the first inning. Tyler Greene had an RBI-single and Brandon Boggs added a two-run single up the middle to give Georgia Tech all the scoring they would need. Clifton Remole’s sacrifice fly to center plated Micah Owings who drew a walk earlier in the inning to make the score 4-0.
A pair of back-to-back doubles from Remole and Mike Nickeas increased Georgia Tech’s lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Andy Hawrinck followed with a walk and both runners moved up a base on Mike Trapani’s sacrifice bunt. Eric Patterson and Greene then both recorded singles to clear the bases before Steven Blackwood’s two-run home run capped off a six-run fourth inning for GT.
FSU scored a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings that made the score 10-2. Drew tripled and scored on a wild pitch from Tech starter Andrew Kown in the sixth, while Ryne Malone scored the second run as Shane Robinson grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the seventh. Malone singled to start the inning, advanced to second when Matt Sauls drew a walk and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Derrick Smith was also walked which loaded the bases for Florida State.
Drew’s triple moved him into a tie with Mickey Lopez for second on Florida State’s career triple list with No. 14. He passes brother J.D. Drew who had 13 triples in his career at FSU.
Georgia Tech scored two more runs in the eighth which made the final score of 12-2.
Andrew Kown (6-1) earned the win for the Yellow Jackets as he only allowed one run on three hits in six innings. Kown struck out six and walked four.
Matt DiBlasi tied a career-long while working 3.o innings of relief with a career-high four strikeouts. DiBlasi gave up two unearned runs on four hits with one walk.
Florida State and Georgia Tech will conclude the three-game ACC series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium. Rhett James (4-1, 3.29) will take the hill for the Seminoles. There will be a player autograph session on the field following the conclusion of the game.