DICK HOWSER STADIUM
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
First a personal note. I would like to thank each and everyone of you who participated in Chip Baker and Shannon Glusko's evil plot to embarrass me tonight by getting all the fans in Howser to sing 'Happy Birthday' to me in the third inning. It really meant a lot to me.
Yes, Chip - paybacks are hell!
Now on to the game....
Florida State shut out the Miami Hurricanes in Friday's series-opener, thanks to some old school Mike Martin Baseball - pitching and defense. The Seminoles played errorless ball and got a stellar start from Trent Peterson (8-1), who got a standing ovation from the entire crowd as he left the mound in the seventh inning. This marks the eighth game in a row that the Canes have failed to best FSU. This was Miami's first shutout loss in 118 games, dating back to April 27, 2001 against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Peterson earned the win, going 6.2 innings, giving up only four hits without a run, while walking two and striking out five batters. Kevin Lynch and Rhett James continued the shutout, and Daniel Hodges earned his eleventh save of the season to finish the game. Hodges is now the Florida State career appearance leader with 117.
Stephen Drew provided the only offense of the game when he took Miami start J.D. Cockroft deep in the first inning with a towering shot over the screen in right. The Seminoles and Canes each left seven runners on base through the rest of the game.
Eddy Martinez-Esteve, who strained a hamstring in last Sunday's tie with Miami, started the game at DH, but grounded out to third in the first inning and was unable to run it out, so he was pulled before the next at-bat. Because of his injury, Chris Hart played first and Bryan Zech played second. Zech had an excellent game, with a sacrifice bunt, a bunt-single, and a double, as well as one put-out and two assists.
Florida State improved to 37-6-1 with the win while the Canes fell to 28-10-1 on the season. Game two of the series is at 7:00 on Saturday with Matt Lynch (9-2 3.73) on the mound for FSU against Brandon Camardese (5-0 4.82 ERA) for Miami.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Trent Peterson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K)