Dec. 19, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State baseball team, which finished the 2001 season 47-19, checks in at No. 2 in Collegiate Baseball’s 2002 preseason poll. The Seminoles finished the 2001 season No. 9 in the publication’s final poll, marking their eighth straight year in the Top 10 – the longest streak in the country. Stanford edged FSU for the top spot by two votes (497-495). The Cardinal will visit Tallahassee for a three-game series (February 8-10) in the home opener at Dick Howser Stadium.
In addition to top-ranked Stanford, several Florida State opponents cracked the Top 25. The Seminoles will host No. 7 Miami, No. 20 Arizona State, No. 21 Florida and No. 22 Georgia Tech. FSU hits the road to face Miami and Florida again, as well as No. 6 Clemson and No. 16 Wake Forest. Florida State will play a total of 24 games against teams listed in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason Top 25 during the regular season.
Three Seminoles were listed on Collegiate Baseball’s preseason All-America teams. Senior first baseman Ryan Barthelemy was named to the first team, while senior right-handed pitcher Blair Varnes and junior left-handed pitcher Matt Lynch were listed on the third team.
FSU opens the 2002 season on January 26th in Hawaii. The Tribe will play four games against both Hawaii-Hilo and the University of Hawaii, and one game against Hawaii Pacific before returning to the mainland for the Stanford series.