Around The Horn

Despite taking two of three from Virginia over the weekend, Florida State remains in fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. The Seminoles play at Florida on Wednesday in a showdown that will be televised by Sunshine Network at 6:30 p.m. FSU wraps up the regular season at home against Duke and on the road at Wake Forest before traveling to Salem, Va, for the ACC Tournament (May 25-30).

2004 Florida State Baseball Weekly Wrap-Up by FSU sports information

Record: 31-18 Overall (21-7 home, 8-11 road, 2-0 neutral)

Last Week (2-1)
Fri., 5/7 def. #7 Virginia, 8-0 Sat., 5/8 lost to #7 Virginia, 15-2 Sun., 5/9 def. #7 Virginia, 4-1

Next Opponent(s)
Wed. 5/12 at #10 Florida 6:30 p.m. (Sunshine)
Fri., 5/14 vs. Duke 7 p.m. Sat., 5/15 vs. Duke 7 p.m. Sun., 5/16 vs. Duke 1 p.m.

*In the Seminoles last six wins, they have allowed a total of 15 runs and just one opponent over five runs.

*Rhett James recorded his first-career complete game shutout as FSU defeated #7 Virginia 8-0 on Friday night. James worked a career long while allowing just four hits (two in the ninth) with six strikeouts.

*Rhett James has allowed just one earned run in his last 17.2 innings of work and has gone at least 8.2 IP in his last two appearances.

*FSU is now 6-2 in its last eight games against teams ranked in the Top 11. Five of those wins have come on the road.

Player of the Week Nomination
INF Ryne Malone, 5-11, 180, FR, Gainesville
*Hit .429 (6-for-14) in the four games last week.
*Had two doubles, five RBI with a slugging % of .571 and was walked three times.
*2-for-4, Double, 2 RBI and a run scored at #11 Clemson (5/3).
*2-for-3, Double, 2 RBI at #7 Virginia (5/7).
*1-for-4, RBI at #7 Virginia (5/8).
*1-for-3, a run scored at #7 Virginia (5/9)
*Started all four games at first base.
*The Seminoles went 4-2 on the road against two teams ranked in the Top 11.

Pitcher of the Week Nomination
RHP Rhett James, 6-1, 205, SR, Pensacola
*Recorded a complete game shutout at #7 Virginia (5/7).
*Worked nine innings with four hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
*Posted the first complete game shutout for FSU since Matt Lynch accomplished the feat on May 30, 2003 against Jacksonville in the Tallahassee Regional, FSU 6, Jacksonville 0.
*The complete game was the first of his career at Florida State and first of the season for the Seminoles.
*Only allowed four hits, two of which came in the ninth inning.
*Pitched at least 8.2 innings in his last two appearances.
*Has allowed just one earned run in his last 17.2 innings.
*Lowered his season ERA to 2.82.
*13 strikeouts in last two outings.
*Made his first-career Friday night start.

Season Batting Leaders (Min. 120 AB)
OF/DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve .381 (75-197), 38 Runs, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 18 2B, 1 3B, .665 SLG%
2B Bryan Zech .344 (63-183), 46 Runs, 6 HR, 32 RBI, 10 2B, 5-8 SB
SS Stephen Drew .336 (47-140), 42 Runs, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 8 2B, 2 3B, .679 SLG%
Season Pitching Leaders
RHP Kevin Lynch 3-3, 1.85 ERA, 24.1 IP, 21 K, 6 BB, .226 Opp. BA
RHP Rhett James 6-2, 2.82 ERA, 73.1 IP, 69 K, 23 BB, .210 Opp BA
Note: James and Lynch have both recorded three saves on the year while Brian Shultz and Tyler Chambliss have one save apiece.

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