May 21, 2003
#1 FLORIDA STATE (47-8-1, 19-5 ACC)
Florida State held down the No. 1 spot in all three major polls for the third straight week after sweeping Duke and extending its winning streak to eight games. The Seminoles won their third straight ACC regular season title and sixth overall with a 19-5 conference record. FSU’s first game of the 2003 ACC Tournament will be against the No. 9 seed Duke Blue Devils, which the Seminoles swept the three-game series in Durham, NC last weekend. With a victory in round one, Florida State would face the winner of the No. 4 Clemson-No. 5 North Carolina game on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Senior left-hander Matt Lynch will get the start on the mound in Wednesday’s game and will be followed by Trent Peterson and Daniel Davidson in the rotation. The Seminoles once again lead the ACC with a team ERA of 2.77. Closer Daniel Hodges (5-0, 11 saves) has the FSU’s top ERA at 0.77. Freshman third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the team with a .367 batting average, but has not started since April 25th due to a hamstring injury. Martinez-Esteve is questionable for the tournament. Tony McQuade’s 12 home runs are a team-high while Tony Richie’s 65 RBI lead the Tribe.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
The Seminoles have won three ACC Tournament titles since joining the league in 1992. Florida State won the ’95 title in Greenville, SC and the 1997 title in St. Petersburg, Fla. Last year in St. Pete, the Seminoles went 5-0 to take home their third ACC Tournament championship. FSU holds a 40-17 all-time ACC Tournament mark (11 years). The Seminoles last played in Salem in the 1991 Metro Conference Tournament, sharing the title (due to rain) with Southern Miss.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
All Florida State games in the 2003 ACC Tournament will be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. The championship game(s) will be televised live by Fox Sports Net South, Sunshine Network and ComCast Sports Net. Live audio broadcasts as well as live stats (Gametracker) can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.