DICK HOWSER STADIUM
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Florida State defeated the #23 University of North Carolina Tarheels 8-4 on Friday night in front of 3,532 fans in the series-opener. Eddy Martinez-Esteve led the Seminoles with a career-high four hits, and Tony Richie homered as the Noles one their 30th straight home ACC baseball game in a row.
Trent Peterson (5-0) earned the win, going 5.2 innings, giving up only two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out nine batters. Rhett James and Hunter Jones also saw time on the mound.
FSU was working short-handed all game due to injures to both Tony McQuade and Jerrod Brown. McQuade is recovering from a hyper-extended wrist suffered during Wednesday's game against The Citadel, and Brown strained his back during pre-game warmups. Because of those injuries, Chris Hart moved to first base and Bryan Zech played second while Danny Wardell played in left .
After blowing a bases loaded-no out situation in the first inning, the Seminoles were determined not to let any second-inning opportunity pass by. Bryan Zech led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and moved to second when Danny Wardell drew a walk. A perfect sacrifice bunt by Matt Sauls moved the runners over before Stephen Drew reached on a fielder's choice in a play where Zech was tagged out trying to come home. With runners on the corners with two outs, Martinez-Esteve singled to bring home Wardell, and Tony Richie brought home Drew with a single to left. After moving to third, Martinez-Esteve scored on an infield single to the shortstop by Chris Hart that gave FSU a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Martinez-Esteve singled to right and scored when Tony Richie hit his fifth homerun that put the Noles up 5-0.
Florida State picked up a couple more runs in the next inning, which began when Sauls was hit by a pitch and Drew reached on a throwing error. After a double steal, Martinez-Esteve reached on a throwing error that scored Sauls and moved Drew to third. After a pitching change, Derrick Smith singled home Drew to make it 7-0 in favor of FSU.
The Tarheels finally got to Peterson in the sixth inning when designated hitter Sammy Hewitt walked with the bases loaded to force in shortstop Chad Prosser. Rrightfielder Jeremy Cleveland then came home on a wild pitch by James who was in to relieve Peterson.
FSU scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh frame when Sauls doubled to center and scored on single up the middle by Drew. In the next inning, North Carolina picked up two unearned runs off of James, thanks in part to an error by Martinez-Esteve.
FSU improved to 27-4 and 5-2 in the ACC while the Tarheels fell to 18-8 and 2-2 in conference play. Game two of the series is scheduled for 6:00 on Saturday with Matt Lynch (6-1, 3.22) on the mound for the Noles against Daniel Moore (3-0, 4.40) for UNC.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Eddy Martinez-Esteve (4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI)