April 10, 2003
#2 FLORIDA STATE (31-5, 9-3 ACC)
Coming off a sweep of then-No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 2 Florida State is set to host a three-game series against No. 13 Clemson after Wednesday night’s game at Jacksonville was cancelled due to weather. With a win, head coach Mike Martin will move into a tie for eighth all-time with former Miami skipper Ron Fraser with 1,271 career wins. Freshman third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the team with a .358 season average and is tied for the team lead in home runs (6) with junior catcher Tony Richie, who has recorded a team-high 44 RBI. The Seminoles have won nine straight over the Tigers which includes a 4-1 win in the 2002 ACC Championship game in St. Petersburg. Florida State is 11-4 against Clemson in Tallahassee since joining the ACC in 1992.
#13 CLEMSON (24-7, 3-3 ACC)
Clemson defeated rival South Carolina 4-2 on Wednesday night to improve to 24-7. Michael Johnson’s three-run homer in the fifth was the game-winner. Russell Triplett leads the team with a .372 average while Johnson is the Tigers’ top home run hitter (six). Clemson rotation: LHP Tyler Lumsden (6-0, 1.89 ERA) on Friday, RHP Patrick Hogan (1-1, 1.86 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Steven Jackson (4-1, 3.86 ERA) on Sunday.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Clemson 51-40-1, which dates back to 1958. The Seminoles have won nine straight in the series, which includes FSU’s first ever sweep and series win at Clemson in 2002. The Tigers last win in Tallahassee came on April 10, 1999 by a score of 8-4.
FOLLOWING THE ‘NOLES ON THE RADIO & THE WEB
The Sunshine Network will carry all three games against Clemson (Saturday will be tape delayed). The series will also be carried live by WFLA News Radio 1270 (FSU’s flagship station) in Tallahassee. Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby 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.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
Pos. Player (2003 Stats)
SS Stephen Drew (.331, 3 HR, 26-27 SB)
3B Eddy Martinez-Esteve (.358, 6 HR, 33 RBI)
LF Tony McQuade (.313, 4 HR, 17-19 SB)
C Tony Richie (.336, 6 HR, 44 RBI)
1B Jerrod Brown (.302, 1 HR, 24 RBI)
RF Blake Balkcom (.293, 1 HR, 11 RBI)
2B Chris Hart (.347, 3 HR, 17 RBI)
DH Derrick Smith (.273, 1 HR, 17 RBI)
or Daniel Wardell (.293, 2 HR, 12 RBI)
CF Matt Sauls (.279, 3 HR, 21 RBI)
Fri. LHP Trent Peterson (6-0, 1.95 ERA, 64 K)
Sat. LHP Matt Lynch (7-2, 3.52 ERA, 49 K)
Sun. LHP Daniel Davidson (5-0, 1.66 ERA, 41 K)