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No. 1 Florida State Baseball Hosts Charleston Southern

Feb. 28, 2003

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#1 FLORIDA STATE (11-1)


Florida State moved up to No. 1 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll and Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and stayed at No. 3 in Baseball America after sweeping Appalachian State last weekend. Texas held the No. 1 ranking before losing two of three to Stanford. The Seminoles are in the middle of a 14-game homestand and will play only one road game (at Florida 3/9) over a 20-game span. FSU’s pitching staff boasts a 2.13 ERA and a .210 opponent batting average. All-American catcher Tony Richie leads the ACC with 3 HR, 18 hits and 16 RBI. All nine starters in the Florida State lineup have a home run and only two are hitting below .320. With three wins this weekend, FSU would be off to its best start since 1986.



CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (3-6)


Charleston Southern is 3-6 on the season and is coming of a 5-0 loss at Clemson on Wednesday afternoon. The Buccaneers have defeated South Carolina (No. 7 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, and lost a 10-9 game at Florida in extra innings. Outfielder Jordan Haar leads the team with a .361 batting average and is tied for the team lead with two home runs.


THE SERIES


Florida State leads the all-time series with 13-0, which dates back to 1988. The last meeting came in 2000, with the Seminoles winning two from the Buccaneers by scores of 7-2 and 12-1.



FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB


All three games against Charleston Southern 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. Live audio broadcasts as well as live stats can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.

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