March 11, 2004
#19 Florida State (13-5)
Florida State moved up to No. 19 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll after winning two of three at the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis. The Seminoles took a pair of mid-week games from Illinois State and Butler on Tuesday and Wednesday to run their record to 13-5. Michigan State visits this weekend as FSU continues a nine-game homestand. Friday’s game time has been moved up to 3:30 p.m., while Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday’s (1:00 p.m.) first pitch will remain the same. All-American shortstop Stephen Drew is the team’s top hitter with a .377 batting average while Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the team in home runs with five. Freshman left-hander Brian Schultz (2-0, 1 SV, 0.63 ERA, 21 K) has been impressive out of the bullpen along with senior right-hander Rhett James (3-0, 1 SV, 2.61 ERA, 20 K).
Michigan State (4-4)
The Spartans evened their record at 4-4 with a 12-10 win over Mercer on Wedensday. After going 1-2 at UNLV to open the season, Michigan State has been in Florida since March 5th for an eight game swing that wraps up with this weekend’s three-game series. MSU split a pair of games with Mercer, defeated Western Michigan and Butler, and lost to UNF. The Spartans are led offensively by Sean Walker (.367, 2 HR, 7 RBI). Bryan Gale (0-0, 2.25 ERA, 13 K) and Jon Kowalski (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 6 K) have paced the MSU pitching staff through the first eight games of the season.
The Florida State-Michigan State Series
Florida State leads the all-time series with Michigan State 12-6, which dates back to 1957. The two teams last met in 2001 with the Seminoles taking all three games by final scores of 7-4, 10-5 and 9-5.