April 6, 2004
#13 Florida State (23-9, 6-3 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 13 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, took two of three over the weekend against NC State to improve to 6-3 in ACC play. The Seminoles, now third in the conference, will play seven straight non-league games beginning Wednesday at Jacksonville. FSU hosts Miami this weekend and makes the trip down to Coral Gables to complete the annual six-game series next weekend. Sophomore right fielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads Florida State in batting average (.411), home runs (10), doubles (10) and RBI (38). Martinez-Esteve is currently on an 11-game hitting streak. As a team, FSU is hitting .301 and averaging 7.5 runs per game. The Seminole pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57.
Florida State Starting Pitcher Wed. Fr. 6-2 210 RHP #30 Brian Chambers (1-0, 6.75 ERA, 12 K)
Jacksonville (14-18, 5-10 A-Sun)
The Dolphins were swept last weekend by Central Florida by scores of 10-4, 10-9 and 9-7. After going over .500 at 14-13, JU has now lost five straight to fall to 14-18 on the season. Donald Brickle leads the Dolphins with a .408 batting average while Orlando Diaz is the team’s top power hitter with six home runs and 28 RBI. Jacksonville is hitting .287 overall, scoring 6.3 runs per game, with a team ERA of 5.82.
Jacksonville Starting Pitcher Wed. So. 6-1 187 LHP #27 Kyle DeVries (2-4, 3.90 ERA, 27 K)
The Florida State-Jacksonville Series
Florida State leads the all-time series 97-30, which dates back to 1964. Wednesday is the final game of a four-game set. The Seminoles are 3-0 this year against the Dolphins after winning 14-9 at Jacksonville and twice in Tallahassee by scores of 8-3 and 19-3.