May 14, 2003
#1 FLORIDA STATE (44-8-1, 16-5 ACC)
Florida State stayed No. 1 in all three major polls after sweeping three games at Maryland and winning a mid-week game at Jacksonville last week. The Seminoles lead the ACC with a 16-5 league mark and could clinch their third straight regular season title by winning two of three at Duke this weekend. The series begins Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. contest televised by Sunshine Network. Friday’s game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start and the third game is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Left fielder Tony McQuade earned FSU’s second straight ACC Player of the Week honor on Monday. McQuade hit .667 (8-for-12) in four games last week with two home runs, two doubles, eight runs scored, eight RBI and a .789 on-base percentage. Catcher Tony Richie leads the team with 61 RBI and is tied with McQuade for the team home run lead at 10.
DUKE (16-31, 2-18 ACC)
Duke dropped to 16-31 overall after losing 7-5 to Old Dominion on Monday. Outfielder Brian Patrick leads the Blue Devils in batting average (.339), home runs (6) and RBI (39). Duke is hitting .270 as a team with an ERA of 5.32.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Duke, 49-15, which dates back to 1954. The Seminoles swept the Blue Devils in Tallahassee last year and picked up a fourth win in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. FSU is 30-7 against Duke since joining the ACC in 1992, including a 15-1 mark over the last five seasons.
TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB
Thursday’s 7:00 p.m. game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. All three games at Duke 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.