Feb. 7, 2002
#2 FLORIDA STATE (6-1)
Florida State, ranked No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball, returns to Tallahssee after opening the season with seven games in Hawaii to host top-ranked Stanford. All-American Ryan Barthelemy leads the Seminoles offensively with a .556 average and 12 RBI. As a team, FSU is hitting .344 and has an ERA of 2.82. The starting rotation (Blair Varnes, Matt Lynch and Robby Read) has given up just two runs in 30 innings. The Tribe will be without freshman shortstop Stephen Drew for approximately six weeks after he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot vs. Hawaii on 2/1. Drew, who had gotten off to a hot start both offensively (.346, 2 3B, 7 Runs) and defensively (no errors in 24 attempts), will be replaced by Jeff Probst.
#1 STANFORD (2-1)
Stanford, ranked No. 1 in the country in all three polls, won two-of-three from Cal. State Fullerton last weekend. The Cardinal outscored the Titans 27-11 and hit .357 with a 3.00 ERA. Jason Cooper leads the team with a .583 batting average. Stanford will go with junior right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.00 ERA) on Friday and lefty Tim Cunningham (1-0, 1.50 ERA) on Saturday. Sunday’s starter has not yet been decided.
Florida State leads the all-time series 6-5, despite losing three games at Stanford last season. The Cardinal last visited Tallahassee in February of 2000, with FSU taking two-of-three. The Seminoles won two games against Stanford in the 1999 College World Series, including a thrilling 14-11 victory in 13 innings to advance to the championship game vs. Miami.
TELEVISION & RADIO
All three games against Stanford will be carried live on the Seminole Baseball Radio Network, which consists of 12 affiliates across the state of Florida. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby (WFLA News Radio 1270 of Tallahassee – FSU’s flagship station) will begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time.
Only a limited number of tickets for the Florida State – Stanford series remain. Approximately 300 tickets are left for Friday and Sunday, and only 100 are left for Saturday’s game. Tickets can be purchased at the Moore Athletic Center ticket office at 8:30 a.m. (Friday only) or at the Dick Howser Stadium ticket booth two hours prior to the start of each game.