April 2, 2004
#10 Florida State (21-8, 4-2 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 10 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, lost 7-6 to No. 8 Florida in Gainesville Wednesday night. The Seminoles took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th inning on Ryne Malone’s lead-off home run, but the Gators took advantage of three FSU errors and scored two in the bottom half of the 11th to take the 7-6 victory. Florida State has lost three of its last four games to drop to 21-8 coming into this weekend’s key ACC series vs. NC State. FSU comes into this weekend’s series with 11 home runs in its last four games.
Florida State Rotation
#22 NC State (19-8, 3-3 ACC)
NC State has won four straight games to improve its record to 19-8 on the year and will be making its first conference road trip of the season. The Wolfpack lost starting center fielder Marc Maynor for the season as he suffered a broken ankel on March 28th during batting practice. NC State comes in with a team ERA of 2.92 and is hitting .283. Matt Camps .404 average leads the Wolfpack offense, while David Hicks leads the team with 25 RBI.
NC State Rotation
Fri. So. 6-1 205 RHP #24 Michael Rogers (4-1, 3.04 ERA, 48 K) Sat. Sr. 6-2 208 RHP #29 Vern Sterry (4-1, 1.98 ERA, 40 K) Sun. Sr. 6-7 229 RHP #34 Derrick McKee (1-0. 3.86 ERA, 30 K)
The Florida State-NC State Series
Florida State leads the all-time series45-18 dating back to 1962. The two teams split four games a year ago, with NC State taking two of three games in the regular season at Kinston’s Grainger Stadium, and Florida State winning the meeting in the ACC Tournament 17-6.