Around The Horn

After dropping two of three at home against Miami, the Florida State Seminoles get another shot at the fourth-ranked Hurricanes in Coral Gables this weekend. FSU has tweaked its starting rotation for the three-game series, moving reliever <b>Rhett James</b> into a starter's role. Click here for an update.

#14 Florida State (25-11, 6-3 ACC)

Florida State fell one spot to No. 14 in this week's Collegiate Baseball poll after going 1-2 against Miami last weekend in Tallahassee. The Seminoles head to Coral Gables this weekend to wrap up the six-game series. The Friday and Saturday games are set for a 7:00 p.m. start while Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. All three games will be televised live by Sunshine Network.

Junior shortstop Stephen Drew returned to All-America form against the Hurricanes with four home runs (two Friday, two Saturday). Drew tied a career-high with five RBI in Friday's game as he led FSU to a 6-5 victory. Sophomore right fielder Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the Seminoles in batting average (.407), home runs (11), doubles (12) and RBI (42).

Florida State Pitching Rotation
Friday
Sr. 6-0 180 RHP #29 Eddie Cannon (7-2, 2.91 ERA, 64 K)
Saturday
So. 6-5 215 RHP #21 Mark Sauls (3-2, 3.91 ERA, 39 K)
Sunday
Sr. 6-1 205 RHP #22 Rhett James (3-1, 3.18 ERA, 46 K)

#4 Miami (26-7)

The Hurricanes improved to 26-7 on the season after going 4-2 in their last two series, both on the road against ACC competition (Georgia Tech and FSU). Jon Jay leads UM with a .383 batting average while Jim Burt and Ryan Braun are tied for the team lead with seven home runs apiece. Burt is the team's top RBI producer with 43.

Miami Pitching Rotation
Friday
Sr. 6-2 205 LHP #44 J.D. Cockroft (2-3, 4.15 ERA, 26 K)
Saturday
So. 6-2 165 RHP #13 Cesar Carrillo (5-0, 3.19 ERA, 35 K)
Sunday
Jr. 6-2 204 LHP #18 Brandon Camardese (4-0, 3.07 ERA, 25 K)

TV & Radio
All three games of the FSU-UM games will be televised live by Sunshine Network. The Friday and Saturday games are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start while Sunday's first pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. Frank Forte and Tom Block are slated to call the action. All three games will be carried live on WFLA-1270 AM in Tallahassee. The Friday and Saturday night games can also be heard on 93.3 FM. Every FSU game is carried on the web at www.seminoles.com.

Florida State's Probable Starting Lineup
Pos. Player (B/T) Ht. Wt. Yr. 2004 Stats
C Aaron Cheesman (R/R) 5-10 195 Jr. .306, 1 HR, 9 2B, 17 RBI
1B Ryne Malone (L/R) 5-11 180 Fr. .330, 8 HR, 6 2B, 27 RBI or
Danny Wardell (R/R) 6-3 225 Jr. .179, 4 HR, 6 2B, 12 RBI
2B Bryan Zech (R/R) 5-10 175 Sr. .336, 5 HR, 4 2B, 22 RBI
SS Stephen Drew (L/R) 6-0 193 Jr. .308, 8 HR, 3 2B, 23 RBI
3B Gibbs Chapman (L/R) 5-10 185 Jr. .321, 2 HR, 5 2B, 19 RBI or
Dennis Anderson (R/R) 6-1 175 Fr. .204, 1 HR, 1 2B, 8 RBI
LF Matt Sauls (R/R) 6-1 215 Sr. .263, 1 3B, 2 2B, 15 RBI
CF Shane Robinson (R/R) 5-9 165 Fr. .291, 8 2B, 1 3B, 15 RBI
RF Eddy Martinez-Esteve (R/R) 6-3 215 So. .407, 11 HR, 12 2B, 42 RBI
DH Brant Peacher (R/R) 6-2 200 Fr. .340, 2 HR, 1 2B, 9 RBI
or Derrick Smith (L/L) 5-10 196 So. .247, 6 HR, 5 2B, 25 RBI

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