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No. 1 Florida State Baseball Visits No. 6 Florida

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March 1, 2002


#1 FLORIDA STATE (15-4)


Florida State, ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll this week, heads down I-75 for a pair of games at No. 6 Florida. After two games in Gainesville, the Seminoles will host the Gators in Tallahassee on Sunday (2:00 p.m.). FSU defeated Western Carolina by scores of 13-3 and 3-0 on Tuesday and Wednseday. The Tribe needed some late inning heroics to defeat Siena on Thursday afternoon. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, FSU scored two to tie it up and Bryan Zech knocked in Tony Richie in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 5-4 victory. The Seminoles have already played a pair of Top 10 teams this season, going 4-2 against Stanford and Arizona State in Tallahassee. LF Tony McQuade (.459) has been out the last two weeks with a groin injury and SS Stephen Drew (.346) has missed almost a month with a fractured left foot. Neither will play against Florida. A third starter, All-American Ryan Barthelemy (.415) has missed the last two games with the flu. He is expected to play this weekend.


#6 FLORIDA (11-0)


The Gators have climbed to No. 6 in the Coaches poll after rolling to their best start in school history. Florida has played two games against Top 10 teams this season, winning at Miami by scores of 12-9 & 6-2. UF will go with LHP Jimmy Ramshaw (1-0, 3.72 ERA) on Friday, RHP Alex Hart (4-0, 0.00 ERA) on Saturday & LHP Keith Ramsey (1-0, 7.80 ERA) on Sunday. As a team, Florida is hitting .415 with 28 home runs and has an ERA of 3.73.


THE SERIES


Florida State leads the all-time series 103-83, which dates back to 1956. The two teams split the four-game series in 2001 with each team winning one at each site. FSU swept the Gators in four games in 2000 (the first time since 1993) and has won seven of the last nine games in the series. FSU head coach Mike Martin is 49-38 all-time vs. Florida.


TELEVISION, RADIO & THE WEB


Both games in Gainesville will be carried live in Tallahassee by WFLA 1270, FSU’s flagship station. Lee Bowen and will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Live stats will be available on UF’s website (gatorzone.com).


FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP


1B Jerrod Brown (.353)


2B Bryan Zech (.283)


SS Scott Toole (.303)


or Jeff Probst (.174)


3B Ryan Barthelemy (.415)


LF Mike Futrell (.295)


CF Nick Rogers (.324)


RF Richie Smith (.312)


or Kevin Richmond (.244)


C Tony Richie (.308)


DH Blair McCaleb (.308)



Starting Pitchers


FRI LHP Matt Lynch (4-0, 2.35 ERA)


SAT RHP Blair Varnes (2-2, 4.35 ERA)


SUN RHP Robby Read (3-0, 2.89 ERA)

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