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No. 18 Florida State Baseball Travels To No. 10 Arizona State

Feb. 5, 2004


#18 Florida State at #10 Arizona State Release
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No. 18 Florida State Baseball Travels To No. 10 Arizona State


#18 Florida State (2-0)
Florida State, ranked No. 18 in the preseason Baseball Weekly/USA Today Coaches Poll, opened the 2004 campaign with a pair of wins over VMI. The Seminoles needed a ninth inning, RBI-double from Derrick Smith to win the first game 8-7 in the grand opening of Dick Howser Stadium. Eddie Cannon and Mark Sauls no-hit VMI through seven innings and Gibbs Chapman knocked in four runs to lead FSU to an easy 8-1 victory in game two. Smith has gotten off to a hot start for the Tribe, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, one home run and four RBI in the first two games. Not far behind is All-American Stephen Drew, who is hitting .429 with a home run and four runs scored.

Pitching Rotation
Fri.	So.	6-4	230	LHP	Hunter Jones 	(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 K)
Sat.	Sr. 	6-0	180	RHP	Eddie Cannon 	(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 K)
Sun.	So.	6-5	215	RHP	Mark Sauls 	(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 K)


# 10 Arizona State (0-0)
The FSU series is the opener for the Sun Devils, marking their latest start since 1978. Like the Seminoles, Arizona State features a young team with just 10 lettermen returning and a new weekend rotation. Shortstop Dustin Pedria (.404, 3 2B in 2003) and outfielder Jeff Larish (.372, 18 HR, 95 RBI) are expected to lead the Sun Devils offensively.

Pitching Rotation
Fri.	Sr.	6-2	215	RHP 	Jeff Mousser	(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 K)
Sat.	So.	5-10	175 	LHP	Brett Bordes	(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 K)
Sun.	Jr.	6-1	165 	RHP 	Jason Urquidez	(0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 K)


Series Information
Florida State leads the all-time series 24-7, which dates back to 1987. The Seminoles have won four straight and 11 of the last 13. Most recently, FSU swept a three-game home series in 2002 and won two of three at ASU in 2000.

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