April 23, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 12 Florida State (27-14, 6-4 ACC) fell to Georgia Tech (23-17, 5-5 ACC) by a final score of 11-4 in front of 3,459 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday night. Eddie Cannon (3-2) suffered the loss while giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits in 5.0 innings. Cannon walked three and struck out one. Stephen Drew went 2-for-5 with a home run while Gibbs Chapman went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to pace FSU offensively.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Drew belted his 10th home run of the season to center to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets answered with a run in the second to tie the game at one a piece. Brandon Boggs was hit by pitch and stole second before tying the game on Clifton Remole’s RBI-single down the right line.
Georgia Tech took the lead for good with three runs in the third. Whit Robbins reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on Eric Patterson’s single. With runners on first and second, Robbins came home on Steven Blackwood’s RBI-single to center and two more runs scored on Boggs two-run single to left that put the Yellow Jackets up 4-1.
FSU cut the lead in half at 4-2 in the home half of the third. Shane Robinson and Eddy Martinez-Esteve each drew walks to put runners on first and second. With two outs, Gibbs Chapman’s grounder was misplayed by second baseman Patterson allowing Robinson to score from second for the Seminoles’ only run of the inning.
The Seminoles would add another run in the fifth to get within one by a score of 4-3. Dennis Anderson doubled down the right line and advanced to third as Robinson beat out an infield single. Champan then ripped an RBI-single through the right side to plate Anderson for FSU’s third run of the game.
After adding a run in the sixth, Georgia Tech tacked on three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings highlighted by Boggs three-run homer into the scoreboard, his fifth of the season, in the seventh.
Chapman led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to right center and moved to third on Aaron Cheesman’s fly out to center field. Chapman later scored the Seminoles final run as Ryne Malone singled to right that made the final score of 11-4.
Georgia Tech starter Micah Owings (5-2) earned the win after allowing just three runs (two earned) on six hits in 7.0 innings of work. Owings struck out five and walked three.
Drew (2-for-5) and Chapman (2-for-4) led FSU offensively.
Florida State and Georgia Tech will continue the three-game ACC series on Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised live by Sunshine Network as the ACC Game of the Week.