Feb. 7, 2001
Florida State at Stanford
Friday (9:00 ET), Saturday (4:00 ET) & Sunday (4:00 ET), February 9-11
#4 FLORIDA STATE (2-0)
Mike Martin’s Seminoles, ranked No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, opened the 2001 season with a two-game sweep of Western Kentucky. All-American left fielder John-Ford Griffin has picked up where he left off last year, going 5-for-7 (.714) with a home run and three RBI against the Hilltoppers. Seminole starting pitchers did not give up an earned run over the weekend with Blair Varnes (5.0 inn.) and Matt Lynch (3.0 inn.) working in game one and Robby Read (5.0 inn.) starting the second game. FSU will be Stanford’s first opponent in the newly remodeled Sunken Diamond.
#9 STANFORD (4-3)
After losing the opener at Cal Poly, Stanford has bounced back to win two of three on the road against Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton. The Cardinal return just three position starters and one starting pitcher from a 2000 team that finished 50-16 and advanced to the CWS title game. Head coach Mark Marquess is just one victory shy of joining Martin in the 1,000-win club. Stanford rotation: RHP Jeremy Guthrie on Friday, RHP Jeff Bruksch on Saturday and LHP Tim Cunningham on Sunday.
Florida State leads the all-time series 6-2, which dates back to 1992. The Seminoles took two of three from the Cardinal last season in Tallahassee and went 2-1 in CWS play against Stanford in 1999. FSU’s other two wins came in NCAA Regional play in 1992 and `96.
RADIO AND TELEVISION
There will be no television coverage of the series with Stanford. All three games will be carried live on SportsRadio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen begins coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts are available via the internet at www.wnls.com.