Feb. 5, 2004
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)
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.