DICK HOWSER STADIUM
The Tasting Room
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Another game, another extra inning barn-burner against the Stanford Cardinal. Florida State used practically every available player in a 10-8 twelve inning win over Stanford to take the series two games to three in Palo Alto, California. Daniel Hodges (1-0) picked up the win, going the final 4.0 innings without giving up a run. In all, the Seminoles used seven pitchers while the Cardinal used six.
For the first time all weekend, Stanford took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Sam Fuld drew a walk from Seminole starter Mark Sauls, moved to second on a passed ball by Aaron Cheesman, and to third on a sacrifice fly before scoring on a single by Carlos Quintin to put the Cardinal ahead 1-0. Stanford made it 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Danny Putnam singled and eventually scored on a basehit by Tobin Swope.
After four scoreless innings, FSU finally got the bats going in the top of the fifth frame when birthday-boy, Tony Richie led off with a single to left. Jerrod Brown then singled to right before Eddie Martinez-Esteve walked to load the bases with no outs. A Cheesman single up the middle score both Richie and Brown before Matt Sauls singled through the left side to bring home Martinez-Esteve and gave the Noles a 3-2 lead. Stanford got it right back in the bottom of the inning when Hall reached on an infield single and advanced to third when Quintin singled to left. Ryan Garko then dumped another single over third base that scored Hall and tied the game. After Trent Peterson relieved Sauls, John Mayberry, Jr reached on a throwing error by Martinez-Esteve that allowed Quintin to score an unearned run that gave the Cardinal a 4-3 lead.
Florida State answered back in the fifth when Richie singled to center and advanced to second on another single by Brown. Martinez-Esteve then atoned for his error with a single down the rightfield line that scored Richie. After a pitching change, Cheesman knocked in his third run of the game with a single to right that brought home Martinez-Esteve to make it a 5-4 game in favor of the Noles. The lead did not last however, as Swope led of the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle and took second on a wild pitch. After Peterson hit Fuld, he was lifted in favor of Kevin Lynch who promptly beaned Hall to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Quintin scored Swope before Garko crushed a three-run homerun to left that put the Cardinal ahead 8-5. Daniel Davidson was then brought in to pitch and got the final out of the inning.
The Seminoles had a good opportunity to score in the eighth inning when Brown reached on an error and Martinez-Esteve walked with only one out. Stephen Drew, still ailing from a stomach bug of some sort, pinch-hit for Cheesman but flew out to right before Chris Hart hit into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
In the next inning, Kevin Richmond led off and reached on an error before moving to second on a passed ball. Bryan Zech then walked before Tony McQuade tied the game at 8-8 with a three-run homer to left. Garko led off the bottom of the inning for Stanford with an infield single off of Rhett James but Hodges was then brought in to pitch, and got the Cardinal in order to send the game into extra innings for the second time of the series.
In the tenth, the Seminoles went down in order, but Stanford had Hodges on the ropes in the bottom of the inning with the bases loaded and only one out. Hog calmly got Quintin to line out to center and Donny Lucy to ground out to second base.
After a scoreless eleventh inning, Florida State finally broke through when Richie homered to left to give the Noles the lead. Jerrod Brown followed that up with a double and scored on a single up the middle by Danny Wardell that gave FSU a 10-8 lead. Swope struck out for the first out of Stanford's half of the twelfth inning but Jed Lowrie hit a double over McQuade's head in center to put the tying run at the plate. Fuld reached on an error by Zech at short that brought up the winning run at the plate. Hall reached on a fielder's choice that got Fuld out at second and put runners on the corners with two outs. Richie then caught Hall off of first base causing a rundown between first and second. With the runner on third breaking for home, Hall ran into Brown which caused him to drop the ball, but the umpire ruled Hall had interfered and called him out to end the game in wild fashion.
With the victory, the Seminoles improved to 5-1 on the season while Stanford fell to 3-5. FSU has a much needed week off to recovery from the flu and injuries before hosting Evansville for a three-game series next weekend at Howser Stadium.
Section B Online Players of the Game: Daniel Hodges (4 ip, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB) and Tony Richie (3-6, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 runners caught stealing)