May 8, 2003
#1 FLORIDA STATE (41-8-1, 13-5 ACC)
The Seminoles moved up to No. 1 in all three major polls after taking two of three at Gergia Tech last weekend. Florida State traveled to Jacksonville on Tuesday evening and totaled 20 hits in an 11-3 win over the Dolphins. FSU leads the ACC with a 13-5 league mark and finishes off the regular season with three games at Maryland this weekend and three at Duke the following week. Georgia Tech is second in the league at 12-6, followed by NC State (14-7) and North Carolina (11-7).The Seminoles can clinch their third straight regular season conference title with five victories over the next two weekends. Right fielder Blake Balkcom was named ACC Player of the Week after going 5-for-11 (.455) in the Tech series with two home runs, one double, four RBI and five runs scored. All-American catcher Tony Richie leads the team in home runs and RBI (.332, 10 HR, 58 RBI).
MARYLAND (19-29, 6-14 ACC)
Maryland is 19-29 on the season after defeating Navy 7-2 on Tuesday. The Terps have won two games in each of their last three ACC series (vs. Clemson, at Duke and at NC State) to improve to 6-14 in conference play after starting the year 0-11. Maryland will go with three right-handed starters in the weekend rotation (Sean Kane, Chris Clem, Steve Shmoll). The order has not yet been determined.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Maryland, 36-3, which dates back to 1965. The Seminoles have won 15 in a row over the Terps since losing the first game of a home series in 1998. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU has a 14-1 record at Shipley Field against Maryland.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
All three games at Maryland 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 (Gametracker) can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.