DICK HOWSER STADIUM
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Florida State opened up their 2003 campaign with a 12-4 win over the Keydets of Virginia Military Institute in front of 1208 fans at Florida Power Park in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday night. Matt Lynch (1-0) earned the win going 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five batters. All four runs were given up in the third inning, three of them off of a homerun by VMI catcher Andy Barden. Kevin Lynch, Rhett James, Daniel Davidson, and Daniel Hodges each saw an inning of work in the win.
After going down in order in the first inning, the Seminoles got the offense cranked up in the second when Tony Richie doubled to left, advanced to third on a balk, and scored after Jerrod Brown walked, on a double to center field by freshman designated hitter Derrick Smith. Brown and Smith eventually scored on seperate balks by Keydet pitcher Duke Acors.
VMI got it right back and took the lead in the next inning when Brandon Massenburg doubled and scored on a single by Kelly Sweppenhiser. After a single by Jason Annis, Barden hit his homerun that gave the Keydets a 4-3 edge.
The Noles pushed ahead in the bottom of the fourth when Smith led off with his second double of the night and scored when Blake Balkcom singled up the middle to tie the game. Balkcom advanced to second when Matt Sauls drew a walk before both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Bryan Zech then reached on an infield single that scored Balkcom to put the Seminoles ahead by one. Sauls then scored and Zech advanced on yet another balk. A groundout by Stephen Drew followed by a walk to Tony McQuade put runners on the corners with two outs. McQuade stole second and reached third on a throwing error while Zech stole home and scored after a minor collision with the catcher at home plate.
FSU turned the game into a rout with five runs in the sixth inning that began when Drew walked, McQuade singled up the middle, and Eddie Martinez-Esteve reached on an infield single to short that loaded the bases with no outs. Richie's second double of the game plated Drew and McQaude, and a sacrifice fly by Brown brought home Martinez-Esteve. Richie then came home after a single by Balkcom before Sauls doubled to center to score Balkcom that gave the Noles a 12-4 lead.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Tony Richie (2-4, 2 2Bs, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, 2 runners caught stealing)