April 21, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 12 Florida State (27-13, 6-3 ACC) pounded out eight extra-base hits including three home runs to defeat No. 19 Florida (28-12, 8-7 SEC) by a final score of 16-4 in front of 5,685 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Wednesday night. Hunter Jones (3-2) tied a career-long with 7.0 innings pitched and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. Jones struck out four and walked just one in the win. The Seminole offense exploded for 12 runs in the first three innings and totaled 17 hits as three FSU batters recorded at least three hits on the night.
Florida got on the board first with one run in the top of the first inning. Jonathan Tucker took the first pitch of the game for a double to right center, moved to third when Adam Davis flied out before scoring on C.J. Smith’s sacrifice fly to right field for the early 1-0 lead.
FSU quickly answered with five runs in the home half of the first for a 5-1 lead. Shane Robinson reached on a fielding error by Gator second baseman Ryan Kennedy and moved to second on Stephen Drew’s bunt single back to the pitcher. With two runners on, Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s ripped his 12th home run of the season to straight away center to put the Seminoles up 3-1. Aaron Cheesman followed with a single up the middle to put a runner on as Bryan Zech belted his sixth home run of the season over the fence in left that put Florida State up by four.
The Seminoles added five more runs in the second and two in the third for a commanding 12-1 lead. Dennis Anderson singled down the right line to lead off the inning and later scored on Martinez-Esteve’s RBI-double down the left line. Martinez-Esteve then scored on Cheesman’s RBI-single to center. With the score 7-1, Zech singled to put runners on first and second for Gibbs Chapman’s two-run double to right center. Ryne Malone and Matt Sauls both drew walks with two outs to load the bases and Anderson was also walked with the bases loaded to bring home Chapman for the fifth run of the inning. Cheesman and Chapman each recorded RBI for the two runs in the third.
Adam Davis led off the fourth with a solo home run to bring the Gators within 10 by a score of 12-2.
In the fifth inning, Drew recorded his second double of the game to start the inning before scoring on Zech’s RBI-single through the right side to push the FSU lead back to 11 at 13-2.
Florida State capped off its scoring in the sixth when Drew crushed a three-run homer, his ninth of the year, over the fence in right to make the score 16-3.
The Gators added an unearned run in the seventh as Austin Easley singled to left and advanced to second on a Derrick Smith fielding error. Ryan Kennedy later plated Easley with an RBI-single to right for the final score of 16-4.
Adam Sanabria (1-1) took the loss for Florida after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits in 0.1 innings of work. Sanabria thew 28 pitches in the innings and also had one strikeout. UF used three different pitchers in the first three innings.
Three Seminoles had at least three hits (Drew, 4-for-5, Cheesman, 3-for-4 and Zech, 3-for-4) while Martinez-Esteve drove in four runs. Drew and Zech each had three RBI in the win. Robinson, Drew, Martinez-Esteve and Cheesman combined to score 11 of FSU’s 17 runs.
Florida State returns to ACC action this weekend against Georgia Tech at Dick Howser Stadium. Game times are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday’s games will be televised live by Sunshine Network.