May 12, 2004
#26 Florida State (31-18, 10-8 ACC)
Florida State dropped two spots to No. 26 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll despite winning a second straight ACC road series against a ranked opponent. The Seminoles took two of three at Clemson two weeks ago and did the same at then-No. 7 Virginia last weekend. Senior right-hander Rhett James was named ACC Pitcher of the Week on Monday after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cavaliers last Friday. Wednesday’s game at Florida wraps up a seven-game road stretch against ranked teams. The Seminoles finish the season with Duke this weekend in Tallahassee before heading to Wake Forest next week. FSU will travel directly from Wake to the ACC Tournament, which will be held in Salem, Virginia. The Seminoles and Gators are playing just three games this season with each team winning one. UF won 7-6 in 11 innings in Gainesville on March 31 with FSU taking the second game by a final score of 16-4 in Tallahassee on April 21. Stephen Drew (.800, 1 HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI), Danny Wardell (.667, 2 2B) and Bryan Zech (.600, 2 HR, 4 RBI) have been FSU’s top three hitters vs. UF this season.
Florida State Starting Pitcher
Wed. Sr. 6-0 180 RHP #29 Eddie Cannon (7-5, 4.28 ERA, 69 K)
#6 Florida (36-13, 16-8 SEC)
The Gators have won eight of their last nine games since losing at FSU in Tallahassee, including three-game sweeps over Vanderbilt and Auburn. UF took two of three over the weekend at Alabama. C.J. Smith (.371, 12 HR, 55 RBI) and Ben Harrison (.356, 14 HR, 53 RBI) lead the Gators offensively.
Florida Starting Pitcher
Wed. Jr. 5-11 175 RHP #23 Connor Falkenbach(7-3, 3.56 ERA, 57 K)
Seminoles On TV & Radio
Wednesday’s game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. Mick Hubert (play-by-play) and Nick Belmonte (color) are slated to call the action. Lee Bowen will broadcast the game on WFLA-1270 AM and on 93.3 FM in Tallahassee. Live audio and gametracker from every FSU game, home and away, can be accessed via the web at www.seminoles.com.