May 9, 2005
Greensboro, NC – After posting a 2-0 record with wins over then-No. 4 Florida and Maryland, Mark Sauls was named ACC Pitcher of the Week Monday. It is the first ACC honor of Sauls’ three-year FSU career. The Seminoles now lead the ACC in pitcher of the week honors in 2005 as this is the third time a Florida State hurler has garnered the award. It is the first time since 2000 that FSU has won three ACC weekly honors for pitching and the first time since 1998 three different FSU pitchers have won the award in one season.
Mark Sauls pitched Florida State to two of its four victories last week as he won starts versus No.4 Florida and Maryland on the road. He pitched 12 1/3 innings in the two wins and held opponents to a .196 batting average. Sauls allowed just one hit in 21 at bats to left-handers last week holding them to a .048 average. He scattered nine hits in the two starts and gave up only four runs.
The junior started the week with his biggest start of the season on the road in Gainesville versus No.4 Florida in the rubber match of the three-game series. Sauls threw 5 1/3 allowing three runs as he kept FSU in front of the Gators all game allowing the Seminoles to blow it open in the late innings in a 9-4 win. He then turned around five days later and pitched FSU to its first ACC road sweep in almost a year. Sauls tied the longest outing of his career allowing one run and four hits in seven innings of work in picking up his sixth win as he moved to 6-1 on the season.
Florida State is back home for two midweek games against Stetson. The games will both be played at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Game Tracker will be available for all this year’s games along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.