Seminoles down JU as the bats heats up

The Florida State offense got cranked up and pounded out twenty hits in an 11-3 rout over the Jacksonville Dolphins at Alexander Brest Field in front of a mostly FSU partisan crowd of 2,076. Stephen Drew, Tony McQuade, Tony Richie, and Derrick Smith all had three hits each to lead the Noles.

DICK HOWSER STADIUM

AT BAT   AVG     BB K   OUT   H/E
39   391     3 2   2   H
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
FSU 2 0 1 5 0 0 2 1 0   11 20 0

JU

0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1   3 10 2
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The Florida State offense got cranked up and pounded out twenty hits in an 11-3 rout over the Jacksonville Dolphins at Alexander Brest Field in front of a mostly FSU partisan crowd of 2,076. Stephen Drew, Tony McQuade, Tony Richie, and Derrick Smith all had three hits each to lead the Noles.

Mark Sauls (4-0) earned the win, going five innings without giving up a run on only four hits. Eddie Cannon, Matt DiBlasi, and Hunter Jones all got some needed work in on the mound for the Noles.

Florida State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Drew led off with a single to right, stole second, and moved to third on a McQuade single, before Richie doubled them both in with his 20th two-bagger of the season.

FSU added to their lead in the third inning when Drew doubled to right-center and scored on McQuade's first double of the game.

The Noles blew the game open in the next inning when Aaron Cheesman doubled to right center and scored on another double by Bryan Zech. Derrick Smith then singled in Zech before Drew walked. McQuade's second double of the game brought home Smith, and a Richie single through the left side plated Drew. A single to center by Jerrod Brown then scored McQuade to cap off the five-run inning, and gave the Seminoles an 8-0 lead.

JU picked up a couple of run in the bottom of the sixth off of Cannon when secondbaseman Larry Best-Berfet reached on an infield single and firstbaseman Gordie Gronkowski singled to right before centerfielder Rob Hudson doubled to right field to score both runners.

FSU got both of the runs back in the next frame when Smith led off with a single to left and scored on Drew's seventh triple of the year. Danny Wardell then brought Drew home with a sacrifice fly to rightfield.

The Noles scored their final run of the game in the top of the eighth inning when Cheesman reached second on a throwing error, moved to third on a groundout by Zech, and scored on Smith's double down the right field line.

The Dolphins picked up their last run of the game in the ninth inning when shortstop Orlando Diaz homered to centerfield off of Jones.

The Seminoles improved their record to 41-8-1 while Jacksonville fell to 24-25 on the season. FSU travels next to Maryland for a three-game series in College Park. Game times are 7:00 on Friday, and 1:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Section B Online Player of the Game: Stephen Drew (3-4, 4 R, 1 RBI, 2B, 3B, BB, SB)

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