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Florida State's <b>Dennis Anderson </b>doesn't have to deal with many offspeed pitches. The Seminoles' ght-hitting third-baseman (.214 average) usually hits last and sees nothing but fastballs with Byran Zech, Stephen Drew, Eddy Martinez-Esteve and company looming. Friday's regional opener against Bethune-Cookman was different. Much different.

Friday was a different feeling at the plate for Florida State third baseman Dennis Anderson.

""it was different," said Anderson. "They gave me all kind of stuff – changeups, curves, sliders. I hope they don't do it again."

Anderson capitalized in the sixth in FSU's victory over Behtune-Cookman, waiting on a hanging curve that he belted into the parking lot beyond the left field fence. The lazy, towering shot left the crowd in suspense before home plate umpire Don Gilmore ruled that it had, indeed, wrapped the foul pole.

"A curve middle in," he said.

FSU coach Mike Mike Martin had some advice prepared to Anderson for whenever the freshman has to describe his next shot.

"Always tell them slider on the black," Martin quipped.


Thanks to the BCC charity, Seminole hitters really didn't need to bring their sticks to the plate early on. In order, here's how the FSU runs were scored: balk, wild pitch, sac fly, double steal, RBI single, RBI single, bases loaded walk, two-run homer, solo homer,

In the third, fourth and fifth innings, the Seminoles plated seven runs – on just three hits. They batted around in the third. In the fourth seven batters came to the plate and just Matt Sauls didn't hit in the fifth.

FSU finished with just six hits.

"It's tough on us," Martin said. "The game seemed to drag a bit with all the walks. We had a lot of base runners tonight we don't usually get. But you have to credit our hitters for that as well."


It could have been worse for BCC – Stephen Drew was a non-factor.

Faced with a steady diet of offspeed pitches, shortstop Drew struck out in three consecutive innings, leaving seven runners on base. He also had a pair of flyouts and –surprise – a walk. Drew's ten-game hitting streak came to an end.


Kevin Richmond, a reserve infielder for the Seminoles a season ago, ignited the UCF over OSU in the earlier game.

Hitting seventh as the designated hitter, Richmond paced the UCF attack with a two-run single, a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored. His four RBI were a career-high

"I didn't put any pressure on myself," Richmond said. "I had a lot of good pitches to hit and I took advantage of it. It was great to return and get in front of the old crowd again."

His fifth inning single was most crucial. Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Richmond's followed a two-run single by Marshall Bernhard with a bouncer to left that scored two more. The five run cushion nearly proved necessary as the Cowboys rallied against tiring starter Matt Fox.

Just for good measure, Richmond added a two-run blast to right in the eighth.

"I just tried to sit back on it and turn," he said.

Richmond had never homered in his collegiate career until last month Georgia State. Friday's shot was his third on the season.


Sophomore outfielder/DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve was named a first team Collegiate Baseball All-American while junior shortstop Stephen Drew was listed as a third team All-American by the publication. Martinez-Esteve was the only ACC player named to the first team. Drew has earned All-America honors in each of his three years as a Seminole.

Martinez-Esteve led the ACC in batting average (.401), home runs (19) and RBI (78) and was named to the ACC All-Tournament team in helping FSU win the championship. Drew, who is expected to be one of the top players taken in Monday's MLB Draft, hit .353 with 14 homers and 52 RBI this season. He was also voted to the ACC All-Tournament team.


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