Around The Horn

The Florida State Seminoles look to continue to build their momentum in a weekend home against Oral Roberts beginning today at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State remained at No. 24 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll after after taking two games from Jacksonville last weekend. Senior righty <B>Eddie Cannon </b> (2-0) was impressive in his last start against Jacksonville as he tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and only allowed one hit in six scoreless innings of work.

No. 24 Florida State Baseball Hosts Oral Roberts Eddie 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.

Who's Hot for FSU(Last 5 Games):

2B Bryan Zech .444 (48-18), 7 Runs, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB
DH/OFEddy Martinez-Esteve .381 (8-21), 4 Runs, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .810 slugging percentage
RHP Eddie Cannon 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 12 K, .129 Opp BA, 9.0 IP
LHP Brian Schultz 0.00 ERA, 3 App., 7 K, 3 BB, .111 Opp. BA, 4.2 IP 45

Watching the 2004 Seminole Pitching Staff:

Following is a look at the Florida State pitching staff broken down between the starters and relievers:

Starters:
W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO AB Opp. Avg.
3-1 2.53 32.0 20 16 9 15 33 118 .169 (20-118)
Relievers:
W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO AB Opp. Avg.
1-2 6.67 29.2 33 28 22 21 31 122 .270 (33-122)


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