Feb. 20, 2003
#2 FLORIDA STATE (8-1)
Florida State remained No. 2 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll and Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and stayed at No. 3 in Baseball America after sweeping Evansville last weekend. The Seminoles are three games into a 14-game homestand and will play only one road game (at Florida 3/9) over a 20-game span. FSU’s pitching staff, which boasts a 2.18 ERA and a .212 opponent batting average, will be ranked among the best in the country when NCAA stats are released. All-American catcher Tony Richie was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .455 against Evansville. Richie is 8-for-17 over the last four games, which raised his average from .200 to .324, with three homers and 10 RBI. He had no home runs and just two RBI in the first five games of the season.
APPALACHIAN STATE (0-2)
The Mountaineers are 0-2 on the season, dropping a 26-0 decision at Wake Forest on 2/11 and a 9-3 contest at Elon on 2/15. Appalachian State finished 16-34 overall last season and 10-19 in the Southern Conference.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Appalachian State 8-0, which dates back to 1993. The two teams met in a doubleheader last year in Tallahassee with the Seminoles taking both games by final scores of 4-2 and 11-7. Marc LaMacchia got the win in the first game of the doubleheader after giving up just one run on four hits over six innings. Kevin Lynch was the second game winner after retiring just one batter in relief. Starter Trent Peterson had a rough start, giving up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits in four innings. He struck out six and walked one. Ryan Barthelemy homered in each game of the doubleheader and totaled five RBI.
FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB
All three games against Appalachian State 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 can be followed via the internet at www.seminoles.com.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
SS Stephen Drew (.273, 3 3B, 5 RBI)
RF Tony McQuade (.250, 1 HR, 9 RBI)
3B Eddy Martinez-Esteve (.324, 2 2B, 4 RBI)
C Tony Richie (.324, 3 HR, 12 RBI)
1B Jerrod Brown (.290, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
2B Chris Hart (.368, 1 HR, 5 Runs)
LF Derrick Smith (.241, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
DH Aaron Cheesman (.467, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
CF Matt Sauls (.154, 1 2B, 4 RBI)