Baseball Rally Falls Short at #1 Florida State
March 4, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. - The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles (15-1) extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 13-8 victory over Siena (0-9) Tuesday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU took control early, scoring in each of the first five innings to take an 11-2 lead. Freshman left-hander Hunter Jones earned his first career win, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings. Blake Hanan and Tony Cipolla each drove in three runs in a losing effort for Siena.
Florida State took a 1-0 lead with a run on a balk in the bottom of the first, the Saints answered with two in the top of the second. Tony Cipolla doubled and Blake Hanan plated him with his first home run of the season.
FSU took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom half of the second. Derrick Smith had an RBI-double and Tony McQuade knocked in another run with a single.
The Seminoles added two more in the third on a Siena error. Eddy Martinez-Esteve, Tony Richie and Jerrod Brown each had an RBI in the three-run fourth. FSU extended the lead to 11-2 with three more runs in the fifth. McQuade recorded a sacrifice fly, Matt Sauls scored on an error and Martinez-Esteve knocked in another run with a groundout.
Siena got one back in the sixth on Hanan's third RBI of the game and put up two more in the seventh to make it 11-5.
FSU scored two in the bottom of the eighth and the Saints got three in the top of the ninth with the help of two Seminole errors to make the final score 13-8.
Drew's five walks in the game tied four others in the Florida State record book. Lionel Martinez was the last to reach on five walks (vs. Virginia Tech in 1980).
McQuade (3-for-5, 3 RBI), Richie (2-for-2, 1 RBI) and Brown (2-for-3, 1 RBI) led the Tribe offensively.
Siena starter Josh Copskey (0-3) took the loss after giving up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits in four innings of work.
The series with Siena continues Wednesday at Dick Howser Stadium with FSU RHP Mark Sauls (3-0) scheduled to face Siena RHP Ryan Bitter (0-3) at 3:30 p.m.