July 1, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – In what some thought would be a rebuilding year, the Florida State baseball program finished the 2004 season ranked No. 14 in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America final polls while adding its fourth ACC Championship. The Seminoles finish in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 15 for the 19th straight season.
The 2004 polls mark the 21st time in the 25 seasons under head coach Mike Martin that FSU has finished in the Top 15 nationally.
The final rankings culminate a magnificent postseason run in 2004 that featured the Seminoles sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals. FSU also added its fourth ACC title with a 19-5 victory over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game in Salem, Virginia. Since joining the conference in 1992, Florida State has more ACC championships than any other school.
Florida State was led by two first-team all-ACC players – out fielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve and shortstop Stephen Drew. Martinez-Esteve was picked in the second round (70th overall) by the San Francisco Giants and won the ACC triple-crown while hitting .385 with 19 home runs and 81 RBI. Drew, who hit .344 with 17 home runs, 14 doubles and seven triples, was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round (15th overall).
Several Seminoles received postseason honors following their performances in 2004. Ryne Malone was named to the Baseball America Freshman All-American team at first base. Malone earned the same honors from Collegiate Baseball along with fellow Freshman Brian Schultz who went 7-1 in his rookie season.
Martinez-Esteve earned consensus All-America honors as he was voted first team All-American by four different publications (Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, ABCA and NCBWA). Drew was also named to many All-America lists as he earned second team Baseball America, third team Collegiate Baseball, third team ABCA and third team NCBWA honors.
FSU saw record crowds throughout the 2004 season at Dick Howser Stadium. A total of four home games with over 5,400 fans broke into the top 20 all-time attendance records including 6,387 against Miami on April 10. With 35 playing dates, the home attendance was 115,680, the fourth-largest figure in Dick Howser Stadium history. The average paid attendance in 2004 was 3,305, which is the highest average in FSU history.