Around The Horn

The Florida State baseball Seminoles appear to have picked up the pace considerably. In the four wins last week, FSU hit .371 as a team with a 2.75 ERA. The Seminoles averaged 14.5 runs per game and had a .973 fielding percentage. The Seminoles are on the road this weekend in Atlantic Coast Conference play against North Carolina. Click here for news and notes.

Update supplied by FSU sports information department.

Last Week (4-0)
Wed., 3/17 def. Jacksonville, 19-3
Fri., 3/19 def. Maryland, 16-6
Sat., 3/20 def. Maryland, 10-1
Sun., 3/21 def. Maryland, 13-6
Next Opponent(s
Fri., 3/26 at UNC 6:00 p.m.
Sat., 3/27 at UNC 2:00 p.m.
Sun., 3/28 at UNC 1:00 p.m.

In the four wins last week, FSU hit .371 as a team with a 2.75 ERA. The Seminoles averaged 14.5 runs per game and had a .973 fielding percentage.

*Freshman Ryne Malone hit his first career grand slam Friday vs. Maryland and then followed up with another grand slam in Saturday's victory over the Terps. Although the record isn't kept it is believed to be the first time a Seminole has hit grand slams in back-to-back games. The FSU record for grand slams in a season is three, held by J.D. Drew and Jeremy Morris (1997). Only one other Seminole player has hit two grand slams in a game (Craig Patterson, 1979). Malone finished the three-game series with 13 RBI, which included a three-run triple in Sunday's contest.

*Seminoles are on a nine-game winning streak and have won 13 of their last 14 games. In those nine games, FSU has outscored its opponents 95-26 – an average of 10.6 to 2.9.

*FSU scored six or more runs in an inning in each of the four wins last week. The Seminoles scored 10 in the 8th vs. Jacksonville on Wednesday, six in the first vs. Maryland Friday, six in the fourth vs. Maryland Saturday and eight in the fifth vs. Maryland Sunday.

*Five Seminoles hit .400 or better in the four games last week: Eddy Martinez-Esteve (.688), Brant Peacher (.600), Matt Sauls (.538), Bryan Zech (.438) and Gibbs Chapman (.429).

*Junior catcher Aaron Cheesman had his 15-game hitting streak snapped in Friday's game against Maryland.

*Shortstop Stephen Drew has missed the last seven games with a hip injury and is not likely to play this weekend at North Carolina. Bryan Zech started all four games for Drew over the last week and hit .438 and was charged with just one error.

Player of the Week Nomination

OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve, 6-3, 215, SO, Miami, FL
*Led the team with a .688 batting average last week and totaled 14 RBI
*Had two home runs, two doubles and eight runs scored as FSU went 4-0
*Also walked three times and was hit by a pitch three times (.773 on-base pct.)
*Knocked in a career-high seven runs in Wednesday's win over Jacksonville
*Seven RBI were the most since Marshall McDougall had 16 on 5/9/99 at Maryland
*Raised his season average to .388 and leads the team in HR (7) and RBI (33)
Pitcher of the Week Nomination
RHP Eddie Cannon, 6-0, 180, SR, Sebring, FL
*Earned the win Saturday vs. Maryland to improve to 6-1 on the year
*Allowed one run on five hits in seven innings of work
*Struck out four Terrapin batters and did not issue a walk
*Held Maryland to a .192 team batting average in the win
*Leads the FSU pitching staff in wins (6), innings (46.2) and strikeouts (50)

Season Batting Leaders (Min. 50 AB)
OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve .388 (38-98), 20 Runs, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 7 2B, 1 3B
3B Gibbs Chapman .382 (26-68), 17 Runs, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 5 2B, 2 3B
SS Stephen Drew .377 (23-61), 19 Runs, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B
Season Pitching Leaders (Min. 15 IP)
LHP Brian Schultz 3-0, 0.48 ERA, 18.2 IP, 23 K, 8 BB, .123 opp. BA
RHP Eddie Cannon 6-1, 2.12 ERA, 46.2 IP, 50 K, 8 BB, .185 opp. BA
RHP Rhett James 3-0, 2.45 ERA, 25.2 IP, 28 K, 4 BB, .242 opp. BA

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