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|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Florida State cranked out twenty-one hits in a 15-4 rout over the Maryland Terrapins on Friday night, to reduce their magic number to win the regular season ACC, to four. Tony McQuade and Blake Balkcom both homered, and seven Seminoles had multi-hit games to lead the FSU attack.
Trent Peterson (9-1) picked up the win, going 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out five batters. Kevin Lynch and Matt DiBlasi combined for 2.2 shutout innings to end the game.
Maryland took their only lead of the game in the bottom of the first inning when firstbaseman Ray Gemmil singled through the left side, moved to second on a walk by centerfielder Justin Maxwell, and scored on a couple of errors by Blake Balkcom in right.
Two innings later, the Noles broke the game open with a six runs that started when Bryan Zech reached on an error and went to third on a single by Matt Sauls. Stephen Drew then walked to load the bases before McQuade singled to right to score Zech and Sauls. After Tony Richie flew out, Jerrod Brown reach on an infield single that scored Drew, before Aaron Cheesman doubled down the leftfield line to score McQuade. Chris Hart brought home the final two runs of the inning with a single that plated Brown and Cheesman.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Terps pulled to within two runs when secondbaseman Joe Sargent led off with a homerun to left-center, before catcher Bobby Ryan walked and shortstop Matt Maropis reached on an infield single. A basehit by rightfielder Anthony Buffone then brought home Ryan, and a groundout scored Maropis to cut the Seminole lead to 6-4.
After two scoreless innings, FSU extended their lead again in the eighth, when Sauls led off with a single through the right side, moved to second when Drew walked, to third on a balk, and scored along with Drew when McQuade homered for the ninth time this season.
In the top of the ninth, Zech lead off with a single up the middle and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. Drew then hit his eighth triple of the year to score Zech before scoring when Derrick Smith doubled to left. Brown then singled to left before Balkcom hit a three-run homer to left-center that gave Florida State a 14-4 lead. Cheesman then doubled and came home on a single by Brandon Manasa to complete the scoring at 15-4.
This game marked the return of Eddy Martinez-Esteve, who struck out in a pinch-hit situation late in the game. Martinez-Esteve has been recovering from a strained hamstring that he injured back on April 20th against Miami.
The Seminoles continued to play excellent infield defense, turning three double plays Zech played very well in particular, with three put-outs and six assists.
FSU improved to 42-8-1 and 14-5 in the ACC while Maryland fell to 19-30 and 6-15 in conference. The same two teams play on Saturday at 1:00 with Matt Lynch (9-3, 3.75) on the mound for the Noles.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Tony McQuade (3-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR)