Feb. 15, 2001
#11 FLORIDA STATE HOSTS #21 FLORIDA
Saturday & Sunday, February 17-18, Dick Howser Stadium
#11 FLORIDA STATE (2-3)
After opening the season with a two-game sweep of Western Kentucky, the Seminoles went 0-3 on the road at now-No. 6 Stanford. In what has been national news over the last week, FSU’s charter bus driver suffered a fatal heart attack as the team was leaving the San Francisco aiport upon arrival in California on Thursday, February 8th. Third base coach Chip Baker took the wheel and guided the team safely to the side of the four-lane highway with the help of head coach Mike Martin. Baker and Martin were honored at the airport when the team returned to Tallahassee on Monday.
#21 FLORIDA (3-3)
The Gators got back to .500 with a two-game sweep of Charleston Southern on Tuesday and Wednesday. All three of UF’s losses have come at the hands of Miami. Third baseman Pat Osborn leads the team in batting (.423) while first baseman Ryan Shealy is tops on the squad in three home runs (3) and RBI (10). Florida starting rotation: RHP Jay Belflower (1-0, 7.36 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Joey Simon (1-2, 7.94 ERA) on Sunday.
Florida State leads the all-time series 101-81, which dates back to 1956. The Seminoles swept the Gators in the four-game series last year for the first time since 1993, winning 15-6 and 17-8 in Gainesville and 6-2 and 8-7 in Tallahassee. Mike Martin is 47-36 all-time against Florida.
RADIO AND TELEVISION
Saturday’s game will be televised by Sunshine at 12:30 p.m. with Tom Block (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (color) providing the commentary. Both games will be carried live on SportsRadio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts are available via the internet at www.wnls.com and www.seminoles.com.