March 29, 2001
#11 FLORIDA STATE (24-7, 8-1 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 11 in all three polls this week, is coming off a split with No. 18 The Citadel after sweeping UNC last weekend. Karl Jernigan was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday after going 9-for-14 (.643) with seven RBI. Jernigan, who has upped his average to .308, leads the ACC with 17 stolen bases. All-American John-Ford Griffin leads the ACC with a .491 batting average and is tied for second in the league with nine home runs. Blair Varnes (4-1) is tops among conference pitchers with an ERA of 2.08. FSU leads the ACC in team ERA with a mark of 2.92. The Seminoles lost four-year starter Brett Groves to an isolated ACL rupture on 3/24 against UNC. Freshman Jeff Probst has started the last three games at shortstop.
#24 WAKE FOREST (19-7, 6-3 ACC)
Wake Forest, ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, defeated Old Dominion 13-8 on Wednesday to improve to 19-7. The Demon Deacons are tied for third in the ACC standings with a 6-3 mark after losing two-of-three against Clemson last weekend. WFU pitching rotation: LHP Ben Clayton (3-0, 4.05 ERA), LHP Cory Sullivan (2-0, 1.80 ERA) and LHP Josh Bartlett (0-0, 4.79 ERA). Sullivan leads the team with a batting average of .412.
Florida State leads the all-time series 44-13, which dates back to 1962. Wake Forest won two of three last year at Winston-Salem. FSU won three of four in 1999, sweeping the Demon Deacons in Tallahassee and losing in the ACC Tournament in Durham.
Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. game will be televised by Sunshine with Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) and Tom Block (color) providing the commentary. All three games will be carried live on SportsRadio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Internet broadcasts are available at www.wnls.com and www.seminoles.com.