Jones, from Wewahitchka, was drafted in the 24th round by the Braves last June. He recently completed his sophomore season at Tallahassee Community College, hitting a team-high .447 to help the Eagles to the Panhandle Conference championship and a fourth-place finish at the state tournament.
FSU, however, did receive a commitment from TCC right-handed pitcher Michael Hyde. Hyde, of nearby Lincoln High School, was 5-4 with a 3.10 ERA this past season as a freshman.
Another local player, right-handed pitcher Bryan Henry, committed earlier to the Seminoles. Henry played at Florida High and North Florida Community College, where he went 6-5 with a 2.90 ERA this past season as a freshman.
Florida State, at home this weekend against Duke, also received good news on Thursdaywhen a second MRI on pitcher Hunter Jones' left elbow did not reveal any ligament damage, though he did suffer a fractured bone. Jones could be back in time for fall practice.
Florida State (31-19, 10-8 ACC)
The Seminoles look to bounce back from a Wednesday night loss at No. 6 Florida as they return to ACC action this weekend with a three-game series against Duke. FSU took a 2-1 lead over the Gators on a solo home run by Eddy Martinez-Esteve , but UF scored two in the bottom of the ninth to take a 3-2 victory.
Sunday will serve as the final regular season home game for four Florida State seniors (Eddie Cannon, Matt Sauls, Rhett James and Bryan Zech) and they will be recognized before the game.
The Seminoles wrap up the regular season at Wake Forest next week and will travel straight to the ACC Tournament from Winston-Salem. FSU enters the weekend in fifth place in the conference standings with a 10-8 mark. Virginia (15-6), Georgia Tech (12-5), Clemson (12-6) and North Carolina (13-8) are currently ahead of the Tribe in league play. Martinez-Esteve leads the team in batting average (.388), home runs (13) and RBI (52).
Florida State Pitching Rotation
Tonight Sr. 6-1 205 RHP #22 Rhett James (6-2, 2.82 ERA, 69 K)
Sat. Fr. 6-0 180 LHP #15 Brian Schultz (5-1, 4.08 ERA, 47 K)
Sun. So. 6-5 215 RHP #21 Mark Sauls (4-4, 5.18 ERA, 47 K)
Duke (23-24, 7-11 ACC)
The Blue Devils had won eight of their last 10 games before being swept at Georgia Tech last weekend by scores of 9-8, 9-8 and 14-3, and losing 2-1 to High Point Wednesday. Duke is currently seventh in the ACC with a 7-11 record. LF Javier Socorro leads the conference with a .400 batting average.
Duke Pitching Rotation
Tonight Jr. 6-2 180 LHP #24 Tim Layden (5-3, 5.49 ERA, 71 K)
Sat. Jr. 6-4 192 RHP #42 Greg Burke (5-5, 3.36 ERA, 64 K)
Sun. Sr. 6-1 200 RHP #22 Zach Schreiber (4-3, 4.40 ERA, 67 K)
Seminoles On The Air
Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby will broadcast all three games on WFLA-1270 AM in Tallahassee. Tonight and Saturday's game will also be carried on 93.3 FM. Live audio and gametracker from every FSU game, home and away, can be accessed via 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. .310, 3 HR, 12 2B, 29 RBI
1B Ryne Malone (L/R) 5-11 180 Fr. .313, 8 HR, 9
2B, 36 RBI or Danny Wardell (R/R) 6-3 225 Jr. .167, 4 HR, 6 2B, 12 RBI
2B Bryan Zech (R/R) 5-10 175 Sr. .348, 6 HR, 10 2B, 32 RBI
SS Stephen Drew (L/R) 6-0 193 Jr. .326, 12 HR, 8 2B, 37 RBI
3B Dennis Anderson (R/R) 6-1 175 Fr. .195, 1 HR, 2 2B, 9 RBI
LF Gibbs Chapman (L/R) 5-10 185 Jr. .313, 3 HR, 9 2B, 32 RBI
CF Shane Robinson (R/R) 5-9 165 Fr. .256, 12 2B, 1 3B, 19 RBI
RF Matt Sauls (R/R) 6-1 215 Sr. .234, 1 HR, 2 2B, 19 RBI
DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve (R/R) 6-3 215 So. .388, 13 HR, 18 2B, 52 RBI