June 4, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 16 Florida State (43-20, 16-8 ACC) opened regional play by defeating Bethune-Cookman (27-27, 14-4 MEAC) by a final score of 10-3 in front of 4,061 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday night. Senior right-hander Eddie Cannon (9-6) earned the win as he pitched his first-career complete game and tied a career high with nine strikeouts. Cannon gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and only allowed two base runners through the first six innings. Dennis Anderson and Bryan Zech recorded back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to lead the Seminole offense. Juan Figueroa’s two-run home run highlighted the scoring for the Wildcats.
“I will start off by saying Eddie (Cannon) was obviously sharp tonight,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I thought we obviously played solid other than the run that we gave up on the ball we misplayed in the corner. This win puts us in a good position for tomorrow with a rested bullpen. Eddie (Cannon) took care of that in great fashion.”
The Seminoles used four walks and a hit batter in the third inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Anderson led off the third inning with a walk and moved to second as Bryan Zech singled through the left side. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch while Anderson would later score on a balk moving Zech to third. After Stephen Drew recorded the second walk of the inning, Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s sacrifice fly to left plated Zech for the second run of the inning. Ryne Malone got on with another walk and both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but an errant throw to third from catcher Bryan Maples allowed Drew to come home to give FSU a 3-0 lead.
FSU added two more runs in the fourth to push its lead to 5-0. Anderson and Zech both walked to start the inning. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Martinez-Esteve reached on a fielder’s choice and Anderson was thrown out at the plate. Zech scored from third as he and Martinez-Esteve successfully executed a double steal. Martinez-Esteve moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Malone’s RBI-single to right.
Florida State’s lead grew to 7-0 with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Anderson plated Gibbs Chapman with an RBI-single through the left side and later scored when Aaron Cheesman drew a bases loaded walk.
Anderson and Zech hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth to make the score 10-0. Anderson’s, a two-run shot to left, was his third of the season a Zech’s marked his seventh of the year.
Figueroa’s two-run home run in the seventh got the Wildcats got on the board to make the score 10-2. Brad Frick started the inning off with a walk to set up Figueroa’s blast, his eighth of the season. The Wildcats added an unearned run as Carlos Garcia tripled down the right line and scored on a throwing error.
Mumba Rivera (7-7) took the loss for Bethune-Cookman after allowing three runs on two hits in the first three innings. Rivera walked six FSU batters with one strikeout.
Zech (2-for-2) and Anderson (2-for-3) were the only Seminoles to have multi hits on the night as Zech scored three runs while Anderson drove in three. Figueroa (2-for-4) led the Wildcat offense that was held to five hits.
Bethune-Cookman will face Oklahoma State in an elimination game at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Florida State will play UCF on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Senior right-hander Rhett James (9-2, 3.31 ERA) is scheduled to face Golden Knight left-hander Kyle Bono (8-0, 1.79 ERA).