June 5, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. — Third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve and right-handed pitcher Mark Sauls were named freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. Martinez-Esteve leads the Seminoles with a .373 average while Sauls is 5-0 with a 3.27 ERA. Last season, shortstop Stephen Drew was named the national freshman of the year. FSU takes hosts Texas this weekend in NCAA Super Regional play. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2), 6:05 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2) and 1:05 Monday (ESPN, if necessary).
Martinez-Esteve has started the majority of FSU’s games at third base, but served as the designated hitter last weekend in the NCAA Regional due to a hamstring injury. He was named to the All-Regional Team after hitting .455. Martinez-Esteve is tied for fourth on the team with nine home runs and has recorded 42 RBI, 15 doubles and one triple. The Miami native was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Mariners following his senior year of high school.
Sauls, also a third round pick (Minnesota Twins) out of high school last year, has started 10 games this season while appearing in 15. He has totaled 49 strikeouts against 16 walks in 52.1 innings of work. He ranks fourth on the team in innings pitched and fifth in strikeouts. Sauls, who earned the win against Rutgers in the NCAA Regional, signed with Florida State out of Panama City Bay High School.