March 6, 2003
#1 FLORIDA STATE (17-1)
Florida State remained No. 1 in Monday’s Collegiate Baseball and Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches polls and held at No. 3 in Baseball America after sweeping Charleston Southern last weekend. The Seminoles, who swept Siena in a mid-week series, have won 14 straight games and are off to the best start since the 1982 club began the year 21-1. FSU hosts UF on Friday and Saturday before traveling to Gainesville for Sunday’s contest. Senior LHP Matt Lynch (4-0) and Junior LHP Trent Peterson (3-0) will start against Florida on Friday and Saturday in Tallahassee. Junior RHP Eddie Cannon, who struck out nine in six innings of relief last Sunday vs. Charleston Southern, will make his first start as a Seminole at Florida on Sunday. FSU got right fielder Blake Balkcom (out with a quad injury for four weeks) back in the starting lineup this week vs. Siena.
#15 FLORIDA (12-1)
The Gators are on a winning streak of their own, taking their last nine after a February 14th loss to Miami. Florida will start sophomore LHP Mike Pete (1-0, 6.61 ERA) on Friday, sophomore RHP Connor Falkenbach (2-0, 3.38 ERA) on Saturday, and sophomore RHP Justin Hoyman (2-0, 2.11 ERA) on Sunday. 1B C.J. Smith (.428, 5 HR, 17 RBI) and OF Ben Harrison (.490, 3 HR, 23 RBI) lead the Gators offensively.
Florida State leads the all-time series 105-83, which dates back to 1956. FSU won both games last year, 5-4 in Gainesville and 9-4 in Tallahassee. The series was shortened by a game due to weather. The Seminoles have won eight of the last 10 meetings (2000-present). Mike Martin is 51-38 all-time vs. Florida.
FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB
All three games against Florida will 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
SS Stephen Drew (.297, 1 HR, 18 RBI)
LF Tony McQuade (.311, 2 HR, 18 RBI)
C Tony Richie (.387, 4 HR, 24 RBI)
1B Jerrod Brown (.344, 1 HR, 14 RBI)
2B Chris Hart (.381, 2 HR, 7 RBI)
3B Eddy Martinez-Esteve (.343, 2 HR, 19 RBI)
DH Derrick Smith (.300, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
or Daniel Wardell (.429, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
RF Blake Balkcom (.409, 1 2B, 5 RBI)
CF Matt Sauls (.245, 3 2B, 10 RBI)
Fri. LHP Matt Lynch (4-0, 3.38 ERA, 25 K)
Sat. LHP Trent Peterson (3-0, 1.42 ERA, 28 K)
Sun. RHP Eddie Cannon (0-0, 1.15 ERA, 17 K)