March 30, 2004
#10 Florida State (21-7, 4-2 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 10 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, fell to 21-7 on the year after losing two of three over the weekend at North Carolina. Sophomore All-America candidate Eddy Martinez-Esteve was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .750 (9-for-12) with three home runs against the Tar Heels. Martinez-Esteve is now hitting .427 on the season and leads the team in HR (10) and RBI (37). He has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games (dating back to 2/28) and raised his average from .279 to .427. He is hitting .522 (35-for-67) during that 17-game span with seven homers, seven doubles and 27 RBI.
FSU's Scheduled Starter
Wed. Sr. 6-1 205 RHP #22 Rhett James (3-0, 2.25 ERA, 30 K)
#8 Florida (24-5, 5-1 SEC)
The Gators moved up to No. 8 in Monday’s Collegiate Baseball poll after going 4-0 last week. Florida improved to 24-5 overall and 5-1 in the SEC with a three-game sweep at Kentucky over the weekend by scores of 8-4, 17-6 and 8-1. OF Ben Harrison (.378, 8 HR, 30 RBI) and 1B C.J. Smith (.372, 9 HR, 38 RBI) lead the Gators offensively.
UF's Scheduled Starter Wed. Fr. 6-3 200 LHP #15 Daniel Bard (1-2, 4.21 ERA, 12 K)
The Florida State-Florida Series
Florida State leads the all-time series with Florida 104-80, which dates back to 1956. The Seminoles have won five of the last six meetings and 11 of the last 14. FSU won both games in Tallahassee last year (5-4 and 9-7), but lost a 9-8 decision in Gainesville. Mike Martin owns a 53-41 all-time advantage over the Gators (since taking over as FSU’s head coach in 1980).