March 12, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State junior right-handed pitcher Marc LaMacchia will miss the remainder of the 2003 season. LaMacchia, FSU’s co-number one starter along with senior Matt Lynch, left the February 7th game at Stanford after 2.2 innings with soreness in his right elbow and had not pitched since. LaMacchia will undergo “Tommy John” surgery at the end of March or early April.
“I feel like this is without a doubt the best team we’ve had since I’ve been at Florida State,” said LaMacchia. “It’s frustrating because I won’t be able to help this team get to Omaha and try to win a national championship. The good thing about it is we have a very deep and talented pitching staff and I’m confident those guys will get it done. I’m going to work hard with my rehab after the surgery this summer down in St. Pete with Larry Mayol and come back ready to go next season.”
LaMacchia, an 18th round draft pick out of high school by the St. Louis Cardinals, was 1-0 this year with 0.00 ERA and had given up just one hit in 8.2 innings. He struck out 11 and walked three with an opponent batting average of .034. Last year, LaMacchia was 11-2 with a 3.38 ERA. He will return in 2004 as a redshirt junior.
Senior left-hander Daniel Davidson (2-0, 0.75 ERA) will take over as the third weekend starter this Sunday against Virginia. FSU’s weekend southpaw rotation of Matt Lynch, Trent Peterson and Davidson marks the first all-lefty rotation in the Martin era (since 1980).