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No. 24 Florida State Baseball Hosts Oral Roberts

Feb. 19, 2004

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#24 Florida State (4-3)

Florida State remained at No. 24 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll after after taking two games from Jacksonville last weekend. Senior right-hander Eddie Cannon (2-0) was impressive in his last start as he tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and only allowed one hit in six scoreless innings of work. Cannon is also holding opponents to a .095 batting average. Senior Bryan Zech leads the team with a .440 average and is followed by third baseman Gibbs Chapman (.400). Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Derrick Smith are tied for the team lead with three home runs apiece while Stephen Drew has two.

Pitching Rotation

Fri. So. 6-4 230 LHP Hunter Jones (1-0, 2.81 ERA, 17 K) Sat. Sr. 6-0 180 RHP Eddie Cannon (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 15 K) Sun. So. 6-5 215 RHP Mark Sauls (0-1. 7.04 ERA, 6 K)

Oral Roberts (3-0)

Oral Roberts, who earned an NCAA Tournament bid last year, opened its 2004 season last weekend with a three-game sweep of Missouri Southern. First baseman Boomer Welles leads the team with a .455 average while Josh Lex and Jeff Tuttle each recorded two home runs in the opening series. The Golden Eagles defeated Missouri Southern by scores of 13-0, 10-1 and 11-1. Dennis Bigley, who is the No. 1 starter in the rotation as well as a DH and first baseman, only allowed one hit with four strikeouts in 6.0 IP in the opener. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI in the Sunday game while playing first base.

Pitching Rotation

Fri. Jr. 6-3 225 RHP Dennis Bigley (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4K) Sat. Jr. 6-3 195 LHP Matt Hancock (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 3 K) Sun. So. 6-3 190 LHP Taylor McIntyre (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 K)

The Florida State-Oral Roberts Series

This will be the first meeting between Florida State and Oral Roberts.

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