'Nole comeback not quite enough

Despite a monumental effort to climb back from an 8-0 deficit, Florida State fell just short of a comeback win over the University of Florida on Sunday with a 9-8 loss. Eddie Cannon (0-1) started the game on the mound for the Seminoles, and the Gator hitters wasted no time jumping on him, with four runs in the first and fourth innings before he was removed from the game.

DICK HOWSER STADIUM

AT BAT   AVG     BB K   OUT   H/E
4   402     3 2   2   H
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
FSU 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 3 0   8 13 1

UF

4 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 X   9 11 1
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Despite a monumental effort to climb back from an 8-0 deficit, Florida State fell just short of a comeback win over the University of Florida on Sunday with a 9-8 loss. Eddie Cannon (0-1) started the game on the mound for the Seminoles, and the Gator hitters wasted no time jumping on him, with four runs in the first and fourth innings before Cannon was removed from the game. With starter Justin Hoyman mowing down the first seven FSU batters with strikeouts, it looked like the makings of an ugly rout until the sixth inning when the Noles finally put something together.

After a hard liner that Cannon caught to begin the Florida half of the first inning, the Gators rattled off a single, a couple of doubles, and a homerun that quickly put FSU in a 4-0 hole after only one frame. A couple of innings later, the Gators put another four-spot on the board with a walk, a single, a double, and a homerun off of Cannon before Hunter Jones came in to relieve him.

The Seminoles bats woke up in the sixth inning when Tony Richie singled to left-center, Jerrod Brown drew a walk, and Chris Hart singled to right-center to load the bases with no outs. Eddy Martinez-Esteve then cleared the bases with a double to right-center that cut the Gator lead to 8-3. After advancing to third on a throwing error by the Florida catcher, Martinez-Esteve scored on a double by Matt Sauls down the left field line. Sauls would then score the final run of the inning on a single up the middle by Stephen Drew.

UF picked up what would turn out to be the winning run in the bottom of the inning when thirdbaseman Brett Dowdy homered to right off of Jones. After giving up another single, Jones was pulled in favor of Rhett James who completely shut the Gators down for the final 3+ innings.

After a scoreless seventh, the Noles managed one last rally in the eighth inning when Balkcom led off the inning with a single to left. After Derrick Smith struck out, Matt Sauls launched his second homerun of the season that cut the UF lead to within two runs. Drew followed it up with a homerun of his own, a shot to right-center that made it a 9-8 game before Adam Sanabria came in to shut the door on the Seminole comeback.

With the loss, Florida State's winning streak was snapped at fifteen games, and the Noles fell to 19-2 on the season while UF improved to 13-3. After a day off, the Seminoles go back to work by hosting a two-game series with St. Joseph's on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch for both games is 6:00.

Section B Online Player of the Game: Stephen Drew (4-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR)

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