Second ranked Florida State shuts down Mercer

The second ranked Florida State baseball team helped extend their unbeaten streak at home to 13-0 after beating Mercer 8-4. The bats of the (15-1) Seminoles were hot early scoring six runs in the first three innings. The (10-8) Bears rallied late scoring three in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to two, but their efforts fell shots. Fortunately for the Seminoles, Brian Chambers and the rest of the bullpen were able to shut down Mercer's efforts.

Florida State pitcher Michael Hyde had a solid outing in only his third start of the season to gain the win (3-0). He struck out three batters and allowed two hits and one run through five innings which matches a career high for innings pitched. Mercer starter Blake Quarles had a shaky performance lasting only two innings while allowing seven hits and five runs.

The offensive firepower for the Seminoles came from all players, some expected and others not. Catcher Danny Diaz, for one, has not been too reliable when runs were needed in the past but on Tuesday he rose to the occasion. Diaz who got two hits in three at bats was able to set a new career high with 3 RBIs to break out of his recent hitting slump.

"It can get in your mind when you are lying in bed and trying to go to sleep." Diaz said concerning his recent slump. "We worked yesterday for a couple hours on closing my stance up a little bit and working on speeding up my hands. It feels good but you just have to keep working."

While Diaz was able to score three runners, five other Seminoles recorded RBI's including Buster Posey who went two for four with two runs scored. Jack Rye was just as impressive going one for three with one run scored and one RBI. So far this season, Rye has reached base in every single game thus far.

Although first baseman Dennis Guinn started off slow, he was able to successfully extend two different streaks against Mercer. By hitting an RBI groundout that brought Charles Cleveland home in the bottom of the sixth, Guinn was able to extend his streak of hitting an RBI to 12 games in a row. He tied Nick Rogers, who in 2002 also successfully batted in a run for 12 games in a row.

"It feels as if all the hard work is paying off. " Guinn said concerning his overall performance this season. "I paid attention to a lot last year and it feels good to start out like this. Hopefully it will go on throughout the season."

If he can add to the streak against Maryland, Guinn will stand alone at the top of the list. In the bottom of the eighth, Guinn was also able to extend his hitting streak to 12 games with a single.

Now the Seminoles must look ahead to hosting another weekend series in Tallahassee. This time they face ACC rival Maryland in a three game series starting Friday at 6:00 P.M.

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