FSU Wins Game Two

The second ranked Florida State baseball team found themselves in a pitching duel on Saturday in game two against ACC rival Maryland. The (17-1, 2-0 ACC) Seminoles increased their record at home to 14-0 with the 6-2 win over the (6-9, 2-3 ACC) Terrapins.

The star of the game without a doubt was starting pitcher Tyler Chambliss who set a new career highs in strikeouts with 15 as well as innings pitched. This is the most strikeouts by a Florida State pitcher since Paul Wilson struck out 16 batters in March 10, 1994. Chambliss pitched a complete game and allowed two runs off of seven hits. This is the first complete game in the career of Chambliss who is 5-0 this season and the first by FSU since May 7, 2004.

"I felt really good today and was able to locate my fastball well inside." Chambliss said. "I had a great defense behind me. It was fun to just go out there and finish it off. I wanted it (the complete game) bad. Once I got past the seventh there was no way I was coming out of this ballgame."

FSU was in unfamiliar territory though finding themselves down 1-0 after an RBI double by Gerry Spessard in the first inning. The Seminoles were quick to respond though. In the bottom of the second inning both Danny Baez and Tommy Oravetz were able to bat in runners for a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third, another Seminoles streak was kept alive as Dennis Guinn hit an RBI single bringing Shane Robinson home from second base. This extended Guinn's streak of getting both a hit and an RBI to 14 games. From there the pitching duel escalated with Chambliss getting better each inning. Besides allowing an RBI single to Dan Benick in the top of the sixth, Chambliss was nearly perfect all the way to the end.

"He (Chambliss) spotted his fastball extremely well and then just really dominated with his curveball." Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin said. "It was a very impressive performance. I think that when you look up there and see a zero in the last column and the starting pitcher struck out 15, you certainly expect to win. I like to see us do what it takes to win the baseball game.

Maryland starting pitcher Ben Pfinsgraff was pulled in the top of the seventh after giving up a lead off single to Tony Thomas Jr. who finished two for three with two RBIs. Pfinsgraff allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings of work with five strikeouts. FSU quickly pounced on the less impressive relievers and soon after Thomas Jr. scored off of a throwing error made at first base.

Before the inning could come to a close, Jack Rye added his two cents by hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. Rye this season has been able to get on base in every single game this season. Now Florida State must look forward to Sunday's game 3 against Maryland at 12:00 P.M.

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