Noles Sweep Bears

The (14-1) Florida State baseball team once again used offensive power to sweep the Bears 15-7 on Sunday and increase their winning streak to 11 games. Although starting pitcher Tyler Chambliss struggled at times, the bats of the sixth ranked Seminoles were able to rally when they needed to most.

The star of the game was first baseman and reigning ACC Player of the Week Dennis Guinn who hit 3-3 with 2 RBI's and one rune scored in game three. Guinn was able to extend his streak to 11 straight games with both a hit and an RBI. In the three game series, Guinn amassed an impressive slugging percentage of .1444 and hit.667.

"We had 15 runs in an inning yesterday and seven today," said Guinn. "We just came out and they made some mistakes, some bad pitches and we made them pay for it. We did a good job of taking back control of the game."

The scoring came early for the Seminoles as the collected six runs through the first three innings. The trouble arose as Chambliss started to struggle to get back in his groove. After allowing three hits and zero runs through three innings, the bats of the Bears started to connect. Then Brown's Dan Shapiro hit a two run homerun. Later in that inning the Bears hit two run singles twice to even the game up at six. After tying the game up in the third, the Seminoles were quick to respond by adding seven runs in the second half of the inning. A two run home run launched by Jack Rye helped blow the game open followed by two runs scored off of a triple by Buster Posey.

Brent Marsh was able to pick up his first victory of the season in relief after only pitching a little over one inning. Chambliss eventually left the game with one out let in the third inning after giving up six runs off of six hits as well as six walks. Brown pitcher Jeff Dietz did not fair much better after only lasting three innings and surrendering nine runs off of eight hits and walking six batters.

"I am very pleased with this baseball team," said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. "We got it done today. Our team did not take Brown lightly. Heck, they scored six runs against the guy who beat the number one team in the country just four days ago. I was pleased with the approach we took."

By the bottom of the seventh inning the damage was done, and the game was called due to travel restrictions. Throughout the entire series, the Seminoles hit .418 and had a slugging percentage of .773 including seven homeruns and 21 extra bases. Now the Seminoles must look ahead to Tuesday March 7 when they play host for Mercer University.

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