Noles Sweep Terps

Second-ranked Florida State's fifth series sweep of the season and 15th consecutive victory meant little to head coach Mike Martin. Neither did the school record tying 26th straight home win, matching the 1968, 1986, and 1991 Seminole teams. Martin was only concerned with how his team is playing leading up to the bulk of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule following its defeat of Maryland, 4-3 Sunday.

"I'm very pleased with the way our ball club is playing right now," Martin said. "We did a lot of positive things today and just played solid baseball."

FSU (18-1, 3-0 ACC) won with pitching and defense. Michael Hyde (4-0) gave up six hits and two runs in a season-high six innings, but was able to avoid further trouble. A double play shortened up the fifth and let just one run score after runners were at the corners with none out. Brian Chambers struck out a season-high four in two innings of work and Luke Tucker threw a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

"You got to stay focused when it's a close game rather than (a large lead)," Tucker -- whose most opportunities have come with the game in hand -- said.

Chad Durakis gave Maryland (6-10, 2-4 ACC) an early advantage with a solo home run in the second but the Seminoles answered. Ryan Strauss and Shane Robinson hit back-to-back home runs to left field, in almost the same spot. The homers were the first for each this season and the first career blast for the part-time pitcher Strauss, who has earned playing time due to injuries to regular outfielders Mark Gildea and Travis Anderson.

Robinson hit a run-scoring infield single and Jack Rye added a sacrifice fly for the other Seminole runs. Maryland made it 4-3 on three consecutive singles with two outs in the eighth.

Dennis Guinn's 14-game hit and RBI streak came to end as did Rye's streak of reaching base safely in every game this season. Tony Thomas' fifth inning single gave him a 10-game hitting streak.

Florida State will face Winthrop Tuesday at Dick Howser Stadium. Barret Browning (3-0, 3.66) will make the start for FSU.


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