FSU-UNC Asheville (Saturday recap)

In the boxing ring that is Dick Howser Stadium, seventh-ranked Florida State packs a lethal 1-2 punch. Pitcher Tyler Chambliss followed Bryan Henry's seven-inning shutout performance Friday with a near-perfect outing himself. Chambliss threw six scoreless innings of one-hit ball with a career-high eight strikeouts to lead the Seminoles (6-1) past UNC Asheville 9-1 Saturday. FSU ran its shutout streak to 17 1/3 innings before allowing a run in the eighth.

"Tyler had a great outing," head coach Mike Martin said. "It was one of his better outings when you're looking at the standpoint of location of his fastball and changeup. I was very pleased with the way he threw."

Eight of the nine Seminole starters recorded hits and used a mix of speed (six stolen bases) and power (two home runs) to dispatch of the Bulldogs (1-2). However it was defense that gave Florida State the cushion it needed. With a runner on second in the third inning, center fielder Shane Robinson saved a potential go-ahead hit with a spinning, over the shoulder catch. Third baseman Ryne Malone then made a diving catch of an infield blooper to end the Bulldog threat.

"Those were big time plays," Martin said. "That's what our mindset is each time we come out, is to get good pitching and defense."

Florida State wasted no time gaining a lead in the bottom half of the inning. After Danny Diaz doubled and scored on a throwing error, Robinson's RBI double put the Seminoles ahead 2-0. One batter later, Jack Rye extended the lead with a 2-run homer over the right field fence. It was Rye's third home run of the season, which matched last year's total.

"Batters 1-9, if the game is on the line someone is going to come through for us," first baseman Dennis Guinn, who hit a home run for the second consecutive game, said. "The whole team has confidence in everybody through the lineup.

Robinson, who matched a career high with 3 steals, is also 9-for-11 in his last three games. He leads the team with a .577 batting average. Mark Gildea set a career high with three hits.

The Seminoles send Barret Browning to the mound Sunday in the series finale as they hope for the sweep over the Bulldogs.


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