March 18, 2004
No. 16 Florida State Baseball Opens ACC Play Against Maryland
#16 Florida State (17-5)
Florida State, ranked No. 16 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, improved to 17-5 on the season with a 19-3 drubbing of Jacksonville on Wednesday. Eddy Martinez-Esteve led the way with a career-high seven RBI while Brant Peacher went 4-for-5 with four RBI as FSU established season-highs in hits (18) and runs scored. Peacher leads the team with a .478 batting average. Junior catcher Aaron Cheesman is on a 15-game hitting streak and is third on the team with a .384 batting average. Cheesman is 23-for-51 (.451) during the streak with six doubles, two triples and nine RBI. He has raised his average more than 150 points (.231 to .384) during the hitting streak. Shortstop Stephen Drew is expected to return to the lineup this weekend against Maryland. Friday’s game will be televised live by Sunshine Network.
FSU Pitching Rotation
Fri. So. 6-4 230 LHP #35 Hunter Jones (1-1, 2.97 ERA, 38 K) Sat. Sr. 6-0 180 RHP #29 Eddie Cannon (5-1, 2.27 ERA, 46 K) Sun. So. 6-5 215 RHP #21 Mark Sauls (1-1. 3.29 ERA, 22 K)
The Terrapins have won nine of their last 10 games after starting the season with six straight losses. Maryland also won big on Wednesday night, defeating Georgetown 17-4. Matt Maropis (.452, 1 HR, 9 RBI), Anthony Buffone (.389, 2 HR, 23 RBI) and Kevin Hart (.381, 2 HR, 9 RBI) lead the Terps offensively. Maryland is hitting .311 as a team and are averaging 7.6 runs per game with a 3.60 team ERA.
The Florida State-Maryland Series
Florida State leads the all-time series with Maryland 39-3, which dates back to 1965. The Seminoles won all three games in College Park last year by scores of 15-4, 14-6 and 17-7. FSU has actually won 18 consecutive meetings, with the Terps last win coming on March 26, 1998 in Tallahassee by a final score of 14-6.