April 24, 2003
No. 1 Florida State Hosts No. 14 Miami
Friday and Saturday 7:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. * April 25-27
Dick Howser Stadium (6,000) * Tallahassee, Fla.
#1 FLORIDA STATE (36-6-1, 11-4 ACC)
Florida State moved up to No. 1 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll after going 2-0-1 at then-No. 11 Miami last weekend. The Seminoles won 4-2 and 6-4 before playing to a 7-7 tie in 10 innings on Sunday, FSU’s first tie since 1988 (4/10 vs. Miami). The six-game series concludes this weekend in Tallahassee with games scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. All three games will be televised by Sunshine. Freshman third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve, who strained his hamstring in Sunday’s game, is questionable for this weekend’s series. Martinez-Esteve leads the team with a .364 batting average and nine home runs.
#14 MIAMI (28-9-1)
Miami dropped three spots to No. 14 in this week’s Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll after going 0-2-1 against the Seminoles last weekend to drop to 28-9-1. SS Ryan Braun leads the Hurricanes offensively with a .363 average, nine home runs and 44 RBI. UM will also go with three left-handed starters – J.D. Cockroft (6-1, 2.35 ERA) on Friday, Brandon Camardese (5-0, 4.82 ERA) on Saturday and Alex Perez (0-1, 7.36 ERA).
Florida State leads the all-time series with Miami 123-103-4, which dates back to 1951. FSU won five of six last year against the Hurricanes, including a first-ever three-game sweep at Miami. After going 2-0-1 last weekend at UM, the Seminoles are 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Sunshine Network will carry the three-game series against Miami. Friday’s game will be shown tape delay at 11:00 p.m. in Tampa and Orlando. All three games will also be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live audio broadcasts as well as live stats (Gametracker) can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
Pos. Player (2003 Stats)
SS Stephen Drew (.304, 4 HR, 27-28 SB)
3B/DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve (.364, 9 HR, 38 RBI)
C Tony Richie (.333, 7 HR, 49 RBI)
LF Tony McQuade (.301, 6 HR, 20-23 SB)
1B Jerrod Brown (.295, 1 HR, 29 RBI)
RF Blake Balkcom (.307, 2 HR, 19 RBI)
2B/3B Chris Hart (.320, 3 HR, 18 RBI)
DH/2B Bryan Zech (.177, 1 2B, 7 RBI)
CF Matt Sauls (.286, 3 HR, 12-14 SB)
Fri. LHP Trent Peterson (7-1, 2.35 ERA, 70 K)
Sat. LHP Matt Lynch (9-2, 3.73 ERA, 59 K
Sun. LHP Daniel Davidson (6-0, 2.03 ERA, 50 K)