April 8, 2003
#2 FLORIDA STATE (31-5, 9-3 ACC)
After sweeping a home series with No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 2 Florida State hits the road for a Wednesday night game at Jacksonville. Freshman right-hander Mark Sauls (3-0) will get the start against the Dolphins, the seventh start of his career. Following the JU game, FSU returns to Dick Howser Stadium for a three-game weekend series against No. 13 Clemson (Friday 7:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 p.m.). Freshman third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the team with a .358 season average and is tied for the team lead in home runs (6) with junior catcher Tony Richie, who has recorded a team-high 44 RBI.
JACKSONVILLE (15-18, 8-10 A-SUN)
The Dolphins have won four straight, including a weekend sweep of Mercer, to improve to 15-18 on the season. JU defeated the only ranked team they faced this year, dropping then-No. 18 Notre Dame 9-6 in 10 innings on March 12th. RHP Josh Deel (2-4, 5.82 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for Jacksonville. Left fielder Chad Hauseman leads the Dolphins in batting average (.392) home runs (11) and RBI (24).
Florida State leads the all-time series with Jacksonville 91-30, which dates back to 1964. The Seminoles won three of four vs. the Dolphins last year. The 13-4 setback at Jacksonville on 2/24 ended a 20-game FSU winning streak in the series. Ryan Barthelemy also had his hitting streak snapped at 33 games, one short of J.D. Drew’s school record.
FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB
Wednesday’s game against Jacksonville will be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live audio broadcasts as well as live stats (Gametracker) can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.