DICK HOWSER STADIUM
| Cash Hall |
700 N. Woodward
Tallahassee, FL 32304
| Osceola Hall |
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Jacksonville hung around early but was done in by the big inning, dropping a 13-4 decision to eighth-ranked Florida State before a season-high crowd of 1,546 Wednesday night at Alexander Brest Field.
Senior centerfielder Chris Reier (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the way for the Dolphins, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while senior Chad Oliva (Palm Beach, Fla.), who made his first start of the season at third base, extended his hitting streak to five games by going 2-for-4. Junior shortstop Robby Cichra (Denton, Texas) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Florida State sophomore left-hander Trent Peterson was not as dominant as he was a week ago when he held the Dolphins to just one run on four hits, but was effective enough to earn the win, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings. Daniel Davidson held JU to one hit over three innings of relief.
JU starter Jason Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) four runs, only two earned, on five hits in three innings of work. Ryals then gave way to Josh Deel (Jacksonville, Fla.), who allowed four earned runs, David Simpkins (Jacksonville, Fla.), who allowed two earned runs and D.J. Kaercher (Clearwater, Fla.), who allowed three runs, but only one earned. Patrick Sitkins (North Ft. Myers, Fla.) and Luke Wiegand (Glen St. Mary, Fla.) shut the Seminoles out in the ninth.
JU scored first on a balk by Peterson in the first, but FSU responded with four in the second, highlighted by a two-run homer by Tony Richie, who went 2-for-4 on the night with three RBI. After the Dolphins cut the lead to 4-3 in the fifth, the Seminoles exploded for six runs in the sixth, highlighted by a three-run double by Jerrod Brown.
The Dolphins (19-19) were victimized by five errors for the second-straight game, which led to four unearned runs. FSU (35-12) claimed the season series, 3-1, beating JU by the same score it lost by at Alexander Brest Field on Feb. 24.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Tony Richie (2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB)