March 3, 2004
#22 Florida State (9-4)
Florida State remained No. 22 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll after after taking two of three games last weekend against UNC Asheville. The Seminoles allowed just three runs (two earned) in the series as they improved to 9-4 on the season. FSU will take on No. 14 Nebraska in the first game of the Dairy Queen Classic Friday at 1:15 p.m. EST in Minneapolis. The Seminoles last played in the Metrodome in 1999, going 2-1 with wins over Minnesota and Washington State and a loss to Wichita State. FSU faces West Virginia on Saturday (1:05 p.m.) and Minnesota (4:05) on Sunday. All-American shortstop Stephen Drew leads the team with a .386 batting average and boasts a team-high .557 on-base percentage. Drew also leads the team with 15 runs scored and five stolen bases.
#14 Nebraska (5-1), West Virginia (1-4), Minnesota (1-3)
The Cornhuskers are 5-1 on the year with their only loss coming to defending national champion Rice by a score of 4-2. West Virginia opened with a 7-4 win over Old Dominion, but has last four straight to drop to 1-4. The Golden Gophers of Minnesota are 1-3 on the year, but all three losses have come to ranked opponents (Miami, Notre Dame and Florida Atlantic). Minnesota has a mid-week game vs. Minnesota State before this weekend’s action.
FSU Against Dairy Queen Classic Field
The Seminoles lead the all-time series with both Minnesota (14-0) and West Virginia (3-2), but Friday’s game will mark the first meeting with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. FSU last played Minnesota in 1999 and West Virginia in 1962.