March 15, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 2 Florida State (23-2, 2-0 ACC) used a strong pitching performance from starter Trent Peterson (4-0) to defeat Virginia (9-7, 0-2 ACC) by a final score of 4-0 in front of 3,958 fans Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium. Peterson, who threw 96 pitches, got the victory after throwing eight shutout innings and striking out nine. He allowed five hits, walked one batter and did not allow a Cavalier runner past second base.
FSU gave Peterson all the run support he would need with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Tony McQuade led off the inning with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a Tony Richie groundout to the right side. Jerrod Brown was then hit by pitch to put runners on first and third. Chris Hart's two-run double down the left field line gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead.
The Seminoles added two insurance runs in the sixth inning. Brown and Hart reached on walks and Eddy Martinez-Esteve followed with an RBI-single up the middle. After moving to third on a failed pick-off attempt, Hart scored an unearned run when Virginia catcher Scott Headd dropped a force play at home on a fielder's choice groundout by Derrick Smith.
Daniel Hodges didn't allow a hit as he finished off the Cavaliers in the ninth inning. Hodges now ranks 10th in ACC history with 104 career appearances.
McQuade (2-for-4) was the only Seminole to record more than one hit. Stephen Drew had his hitting streak snapped at eight games.
UVA starter Mike Ballard took the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits in 5.1 innings. Ballard walked four and struck out one.
The three-game series will conclude Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with FSU senior left-hander Daniel Davidson (2-0, 0.75 ERA) scheduled to face Virginia right-hander Chris Gale (1-1, 3.78 ERA). The game will be televised live by Sunshine Network.
Prior to the game, Tallahassee area police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel will be honored on the field. Those individuals and their families may purchase tickets at a reduced price ($2) by showing their badge or identification card.