Wednesday April 21, 2004Baseball Falls to Rival FSU 16-4 in Game Two Between Teams
A barrage of early runs was too much to overcome as the University of Florida baseball team (28-12) fell 16-4 to host Florida State (27-13) Wednesday night in game two of the season series between the teams. FSU would score 10 runs in the first two innings and the Seminoles would not let up in the victory. The two teams will play game three of the series May 12 in Gainesville after Florida won game one 7-6 in 11 innings.
Florida manufactured a run in the first to take the lead before the Seminoles came to bat. Jonathan Tucker led off the game with a double to the right center gap. He advanced to third on a fly ball to the outfield and came home on a RBI sacrifice fly from C.J. Smith.
Florida State would have three multi-run innings in the first three innings to take an 11 run advantage. FSU would score five runs in the each the first and second and two more in the third. The Noles then rode the pitching of starter Hunter Jones.
Jones improved to 3-2 as he went seven innings and gave up seven hits and four runs with a walk and four strikeouts.
Florida State didnít waste any time in responding to the Gators one run as the Seminoles used a pair of long balls to take a 5-1 lead after one. FSU got two runners aboard after an error and a single. Eddy Martinez-Esteve put Florida State in front with a three run shot to straight away center. Florida State was not through as Aaron Cheesman followed with a single and the Seminoles hit their second home run of the inning as Bryan Zech hit a two run shot to left. Following a strikeout and a single, starter Adam Sanabria was removed for Connor Falkenbach. Falkenbach would immediately get a ground ball double play to end the inning.
The Seminoles scored five more runs in the second on five hits and three walks to take a 10-1 lead. All five runs came with two outs after the second and third batters of the inning were retired. Martinez-Esteve hit a RBI double scoring the first run of the inning before he was plated on a single by Cheesman. Another single put runners at the corners for pinch hitter Gibbs Chapman who doubled both runners home. FSU then drew three straight walks for the fifth and final run of the frame.
In the third Cheesman doubled home Stephen Drew who had earlier walked. Cheesman would later score an unearned run on a fielderís choice groundout by Chapman.
A solo home run in the top of the fourth by Adam Davis, his fourth of the season cut into the lead for the Gators. Florida State answered the run in the fifth as Zech singled in Drew who led off the inning with his second double of the game.
The Gators hit their second home run of the contest in the sixth as Smith hit a solo bomb to left center. It was Smithís 12th long ball of the season.
A three run shot by Drew in the bottom of the sixth put more distance between the Seminoles and Gators. It was the fourth hit of the night for Drew as the long ball gave FSU a 16-3 lead.
Florida scored their fourth and final run in the seventh as Austin Easley hit a one out double. He came home one batter later on Ryan Kennedyís single to right center.
Sanabria took the loss on the mound for the Gators as he fell to 1-1 in making his first start of the season.